Founded in 1981, Sabam for Culture aims to promote, distribute, develop, protect and defend the Sabam repertoire, in the broadest sense of the word, both in Belgium and abroad.
Its philosophy? Support initiatives promoting the Sabam repertoire. These initiatives are much appreciated and encouraged.
Sabam for Culture ensures particularly that all financial expenses for promotional purposes are only approved if the repertoire managed by Sabam is distributed as widely as possible. Every personal interest will be rejected.
Sabam for Culture also supports events abroad in order to highlight and promote the Sabam repertoire. For instance, its presence at MIDEM (Cannes) aims to offer a complete infrastructure (i.e. a stand) to all attending Sabam members with the purpose of promoting their repertoire.
Sabam for Culture has two components:
- A Dutch speaking wing and a French speaking wing
- Regional aid applications are treated by each separate wing
- Four members per wing (1 managing director + 3 annually appointed external experts)
- Regional files are treated every 2 months
- Treatment of national and international files
- 9 members,7 of which with voting right (the chairman + 2 managing directors + 2 Dutch speaking experts + 2 French speaking experts) and the presence of the CEO and the Manager of Communications for advice.
Claude Martin (FR)
Claude Martin is a Law graduate and qualified teacher (ULB). He has been active in the music publishing business since 1988. He has produced and published several artists including Pierre Rapsat, Perry Rose, Joshua, Eté 67, Miam Monster Miam, Atomique de Luxe, Jean-Luc Fonck… Claude Martin has served on SABAM’s Board of Directors since 2008 as a representative of the cooperative company with limited liability TEAM FOR ACTION
Eric Russon (FR)
Eric Russon, born in 1962, is a child of the TV and comics. Yet it is mainly thanks to the television screen that the doors of literature, music and most cultural disciplines opened for him. These disciplines now keep him busy on a day‑to‑day basis. It was by chance that he appeared on television. After his university studies in criminology and his job as host of Radio Campus, he went to work as a production assistant at a small local TV station in Brussels. At Télé Bruxelles, he directed and presented numerous programmes, portraits and cultural shows, such as “L’heure tourne", “L’autre journal”, “Extra Large” and “Court Toujours”. Through his television work, he ended up in the cultural sector.
In March 2004 and at the request of Jean-Pierre Hautier, he presented the daily culture show “Culture Club” on La Première RTBF, accompanied by Corine Boulangier and later Laurent Dehossay until June 2012.
In September 2006 he left Télé Bruxelles to join forces with Arte Belgique, where he hosted the daily TV show about culture “50 degrés Nord”, in which he analysed the news regarding Belgian creation in the company of guests and reporters (such as Soraya Amrani, Jean-Marie Wynants, Cédric Wautier, Dominique Cominotto, Bruno Coppens, Jérôme Colin, Juliette Goudot, Barbara Abel). The show ended in December 2014.
Since January 2015, he has been working for the cultural website www.az-za.be.
Gabriel Alloing (FR)
Born in 1970 in Avignon during the festival, Gabriel followed his secondary education in Brussels and Warsaw. He graduated as a civil engineer at the Université Catholique de Louvain (in Applied Mathematics), he than worked almost two years abroad as an engineer (in England and Thailand) before turning to the cultural sector by entering the Royal Conservatoire of Liège (in the class of Alain-Guy Jacob), where he obtained a first prize in Drama and Declamation. Today, he is active as a director (concerts and shows), performer, writer and producer of shows, with a particular predilection for productions mixing several artistic disciplines. He also manages sinds June 2008 La Ferme du Biéreau, a concert hall set in Louvain-la-Neuve.
Pierre Van Braekel (FR)
Pierre Van Braekel is the founder of NADAbooking, which deals with management, booking and concert productions. Nada works with Belgian and international artists (Girls in Hawaii, Saule, DezMona, Julien Doré, Adamo, Joseph Arthur…). Pierre also inspired the labels 62TV (The Tellers, Malibu Stacy…), 30Février (Suarez, Eté67…) and the publishing company ‘Inderdaad Publishing’. Pierre is passionately fond of our own national artists and the development of their careers from the very first step. He likes to see our artists explore other countries, which is never easy. He has also been managing the band Girls In Hawaii from their very first demo.
Roland De Greef (FR)
Musician – Author/Composer – Arranger – Art Director – Producer and music publisher, born on 11 August 1955 in Anderlecht.
In 1975, after having studied musical notation, guitar and violin at the music academy,
Roland DE GREEF founded with his friend Marc Ysaye the band Machiavel, in which he has been playing the roles of bass guitarist and composer. With his band, he received four golden records and he played twice in a sold-out Cirque Royal and Forest National and four times in a sold-out Ancienne Belgique.
He toured several times in Belgium and abroad and recorded in various studios, among others the Wally Heider studio in Los Angeles.
In 1983, he started working as an art director with various artists and he recorded among others in the studios ICP and Molière in Brussels, Guillaume Tell and Davout in Paris, Kling Klang and Conny Plank in Germany. In parallel to this, he also composed music for advertising films and radio spots.
In 1996, he founded his own production company and a recording studio Rox records as well as a publishing company Hypnosia publishing.
While creating music arrangements and ensuring the art direction, he also worked as a sound engineer and he made some hundred albums, among others for EMI France, Universal France, Barclay, BMG Germany, KTEL Scandinavia, DP records USA, Avex Japan, etc.
In 2007, he founded the label Moonzoo music whose aim is to help young Belgian bands to promote and distribute their albums.
In 2013, he still plays as a bass guitarist in the band Machiavel that still performs on stage and releases a new album called “Colours”.
Hans Helewaut (NL)
Together with his sister Els, he forms the successful group Elisa Waut in the 80s, scoring a hit with the song “Four times more”. Meanwhile, Hans works as a producer for other artists and composes for film and television: commercials, documentaries and later also fiction and animated films.
In the late 90s he establishes MASDA (Music And Sounddesign Asc) together with two associates. The company grows into one of the largest audio and music post-production companies in Belgium and is renamed ‘Sonicville’ in 2007.
The company does post-production for both domestic and international clients: commercials (from Nike to Electrabel), feature films (including Bullhead, Smoorverliefd, My Queen Caro), television series (including Oud België, Smaak van De Keyser, Aspe), documentaries (Bonjour Congo, Hoge bomen) and animation series (including Robotboy, Gawayn, Kika & Bob).
Besides his work as a composer, he also follows up the productions as a manager and creative director, in particular the musical part, negotiating the synchronisation rights (the use of an existing piece of music in an audiovisual work) with authors, publishers and record companies.
Until 2010, he gains experience as a publisher and head of Sonicville publishing. In 2011 Hans leaves Sonicville in order to focus more on his own projects. For several years, he has been a board member of GALM, the interest group for authors and composers of light music, under the chairmanship of Evert Verhees. As from 2011, Hans is also on the board of Sabam.
Graduated in communication sciences (VUB)
Current job: Head Music at Kunstenpunt, a helpdesk for professionals from the sectors of Music, Performing Arts and Visual Arts in Flanders and Brussels.
- Muziekcentrum Vlaanderen, in charge of pop&rock, co-organizer of the Mia's - Music Industry Awards, coordinator of MuziekOverleg
- Music manager (Admiral Freebee, El Fish & Roland)
- ZAMU – society for singers and musicians, legal, fiscal & general advice, cofounder of Popadvies, organizer of the Zamu Music Awards
Maaike Wuyts (NL)
In 2006, Maaike Wuyts decides to set up her own ‘alternative management agency’. After working as an artistic coordinator in the nOna arts centre in Mechelen, where she was in charge of DJ Grazzhoppa’s DJ Bigband, she stumbles into the music sector.
Fabrizio Cassol asks her to work for his jazz trio Aka Moon. One thing leads to another, until Aubergine Artist Management is officially created in January 2007.
It is the first ‘alternative’ management agency for jazz music. Soon Kris Defoort and Teun Verbruggen join the agency, followed by De Beren Gieren, LABtrio, BRZZVLL and Lynn Cassiers a few years later. She also does some project-based work with Sanne Van Hek, Jens Maurits Orchestra and Manngold and often advises other artists on their career path.
Besides managing various bands, she also works as an executive producer for some festivals, both at home and abroad. This way, she heads production at the Klara festival in 2006, the Fast Forward festival in 2009 and the Druga Godba Festival in Slovenia in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Furthermore, she works with Les Ballets C de la B as the production leader of the performance pitié!. At the request of MET-X, she also manages the European Saxophone Ensemble (edition 2013 and 2014).
She develops a strong network within the jazz and world music scene.
In 2014, she works as a freelance “Product Expert Jazz” at visit.brussels. This way, the Brussels tourist office wants to put Brussels on the map as a jazz city.
Marie Paule Wouters (NL)
Degree in Art History and Archaeology, Department of Musicology, at the KU Leuven. Studies piano and harmony at the conservatories of Bruges, Ghent and Leuven.
Creates ‘Autochtoon’ for Radio 3, now Klara, together with Hendrik Willaert in 1982. This long-running programme containing only Belgian music was awarded the Fuga prize by Sabam.
Until 1995 as a musicologist attached to the Mediatheek voor de Vlaamse Gemeenschap, where she advised and coordinated the purchase and improvement and started the digitization within the departments in Flanders.
Meanwhile composing a series about Belgian music (40 parts), Arthur Meulemans (13 parts), Strawinsky (48 parts) and Rachmaninov (10 parts) for Radio 3.
Works on television programmes and publishes many articles on Belgian music.
In 1996, the Mediatheek becomes Vlacam (Vlaamse Centrale voor Audiovisuele Materialen). Acts as a liaison between Vlacam and all CD release firms of classical music in Flanders and is scientific collaborator at the start of an extensive music database linked to scores, CDs and books.
Since 2000 part of Muziekcentrum Vlaanderen, where she develops the documentation and information centre for classical music, works on the website and keeps in touch with musicians and composers.
Meanwhile contributing to the 7-part Lexicon van de Muziek in West-Vlaanderen, the prestigious Lexicon Vlaamse Componisten na 1800 and several Guides to Early, Baroque & Contemporary Music in Flanders.
She is part of the Commission artistic and cultural initiatives of the Province of West Flanders.
1981 – Foundation of the non-profit association ‘PROMOTION ARTISTIQUE BELGE’
Purpose : promoting, distributing and developing the NATIONAL music, culture and art repertoire of Sabam.
1987 – ‘PROMOTION ARTISTIQUE BELGE’ becomes ‘PROMOTION ARTISTIQUE BELGE DE LA SABAM’
Activities extended beyond the national repertoire. Open to other disciplines managed by Sabam. Liquidation of the non-profit association ‘PROMOTION ARTISTIQUE BELGE DE LA SABAM’ in 2010
Following the law of 10 December 2009, Belgian collective administration societies must manage their social and cultural funds directly. They can for instance no longer use a non-profit association for this. Sabam has complied with the new legal requirements and liquidated its non-profit association. Sabam now manages its social and cultural funds directly and Sabam for Culture is an integral part of Sabam.