Björn Ulvaeus succeeds Jean-Michel Jarre as President of CISAC

29 May 2020

Björn Ulvaeus, co-founder of ABBA and prolific writer of over 150 hit songs and shows, Björn Ulvaeus heads CISAC, the global network for the collective management of copyright, for the next 3 years.



Björn Ulvaeus has created music that has inspired the world and spanned the globe. He is also a vocal campaigner for the rights of creators. He brings a deep understanding of the creative industries and the systems that help authors get fair payment for their works.

Commenting on the new role, Björn said: “I have made a great living as a songwriter and an artist, and I have been fortunate enough to have enjoyed a lot of success. Now, as President of CISAC, I am happy to have a different kind of opportunity, to try and help the next generation of creators in their working lives. CISAC has a unique international authority, and I believe passionately in its mission to secure better, fairer terms for creators. I am also interested in how the technologies we use can work better, earning creators fairer rewards for their work and more royalties. I am therefore very excited about the opportunities ahead and looking forward to our collaboration »

As CISAC President, which has a three-year term, Björn will support the confederation’s work to secure stronger rights, more royalties, better systems, and improved conditions for creators across five repertoires – music, audiovisual, visual arts, drama and literature.

Internationally-acclaimed South African singer, songwriter, actress, entrepreneur, humanitarian and teacher Yvonne Chaka Chaka has been elected as Vice President of CISAC.  Also elected as Vice President at CISAC’s General Assembly on May 28th is Arturo Márquez, one of Mexico’s leading composers.

CISAC – the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers – represents more than 230 authors societies in over 120 countries. Through this community, CISAC supports the global network of collective management of rights. The CISAC community ensures the livelihood of more than four million creators and is responsible for collecting €9.6 billion of licensing income and royalties worldwide.

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