What is Sabam for Culture?
Sabam for Culture was founded in 1981 to promote, distribute and develop the Sabam repertoire in all its forms. Both members and organisations are eligible for support. Associates can apply for a grant, while organisations can apply for financial support each year.
Sabam for Culture supports and is also present at events abroad, such as Eurosonic (Groningen), Amsterdam Dance Event (Amsterdam), MIDEM (Cannes) and MaMa Festival (Paris).
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Who is Sabam for Culture?
All files are submitted to the commission responsible for Sabam for Culture.
- Reviews regional applications for support every two months per wing;
- Consists of a Dutch and French speaking wing;
- Four members per wing (1 managing director + 3 external experts appointed annually).
- Reviews national and international applications for support;
- 9 members, 7 of which with voting rights (chairman + 2 managing directors + 2 Dutch speaking experts + 2 French speaking experts), and the presence of the CEO as well as the Communication manager for advice.
In 20 years’ time, Benjamin Schoos, the troublemaker of the Belgian pop, has done everything. More than 20 albums as a composer and twice as much as a director-musician fully justify the honours he received from the French Académie Charles Cros and the Belgian Octaves de la Musique 2013.
Benjamin Schoos was first successful under the very ‘comic’ name Miam Monster Miam, preaching an inventive geek pop. He then turned to folk music and entered the playlists of national and university radio channels before becoming a columnist on those channels himself (in the “Jeu des Dictionnaires” on the RTBF radio channel La Première and on TV in “La Télé infernale” on TV channel La Une ). But it is in his capacity of director, accompanist, that he received honours in the French, English, Spanish and Belgian newspapers. He was active as a musician, conductor for Jacques Duvall, Alain Chamfort, Lio, Marie France, Chrissie Hynde (Pretenders), Damo Suzuki (Can) and the Liège Royal Philharmonic.
In 2006, he founded the Freaksville Records label, through which he produced and recorded his own music (Phantom, The Loved Drones) as well as some carefully selected artists like Jacques Duvall, Juan d’Oultremont, April March, Laetitia Sadier (Stereolab) and Stef Kamil Carlens.
On 24 September 2012, Benjamin Schoos and the Freaksville Records label launched an online radio channel called Radio Rectangle, named after the song Rectangle by Jacno. With one podcast and one news broadcast per day, Radio Rectangle explores pop music — from the most popular to the most underground pop — and more generally the pop and alternative cultures that result from it. The radio hosts, including Marc Morgan, Jampur Fraize and Mademoiselle Nineteen, are often musicians and artists of the Freaksville label. On this online radio, Benjamin Schoos conducts long interviews with prominent figures of the French pop. He also hosts the show Freaksplanet, which is dedicated to underground music, a genre of which he is particularly fond.
In 2012, he embarks on a new path, under his own name, in order to give more room to his voice.
A singing without exaggeration and with a clear line, which was a good choice. His album China Man Vs China Girl received the award for best French-language album at the Belgian music awards Octaves de la musique. The French Académie Charles Cros also awarded him the Coup de cœur 2013 prize. Furthermore, as Benjamin performed all over the world – in Europe, Asia, Canada, etc. – BBC6 radio gave him a spot on its famous A List.
Since then, he keeps enriching his discography with ever-curious albums and is passionately involved in Freaksville Publishing (publisher) and Freaksville Music (distributor and label), alongside Pascal Schyns and Marc Morgan.
1 daughter, Rébecca, born in 1991
After having graduated in Art History, Archaeology & Musicology at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), I started a one-year training as script-girl/film editor at the Institut des Arts de Diffusion (IAD) in Louvain-la-Neuve to specialise in music editing.
At the same time, I worked as a guide-lecturer for temporary exhibitions of the Royal Museums of Art and History in Brussels, as an assistant in film and music editing, and I ensured the record management of thematic collections for the Médiathèque de la Communauté française de Belgique (now PointCulture).
For more than 25 years, I have been managing the artistic direction (including prospection at home and abroad), the artists and the tours for the Fédération des Jeunesses Musicales Wallonie-Bruxelles. As part of my duties, I serve on specialised juries and go on international assignments.
I am still chairwoman of the company Isabella Soupart, choreographer-stage director.
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.
24 years of experience in the music industry in French-speaking Belgium. Active for five years as a freelancer in the artistic field of music and performing arts as a press attaché/media relations for several artists, labels and producers in order to develop their communication strategies and tools as well as their dissemination and visibility in the Belgian media.
Professional experience: Promotion Manager for BMG/ARIOLA, POLYGRAM, UNIVERSAL, SONY MUSIC. These days, Valérie Dumont is working with music professionals to manage media relations, the promotion of the artists (radio plug-in/press attaché), such as the international repertoire of Sony Music Belgium (David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Depeche Mode, Jean-Michel Jarre, AC/DC, Bruce Springsteen, Leonard Cohen, Beyoncé, Pharrell, Daft Punk…) but also artists from the Belgian and international independent scene.
Born in 1974, Michaël Content is really an advertising man! He grew up in this world and opened, at the age of 18, his own agency of communication and organization of cultural events. Self-taught, he has been active in the professional music sector for 16 years. He is coordinating the program Ça balance, which proposes developing tools to groups of pop, rock, electronic, jazz, world and classical music at the national and international level (France, Canada, Switzerland, Luxemburg). He is also a man of networks, he works on and develops several musical structures: Nationale 5, which gathers the five Walloon provinces around the theme of musical accompaniment; the network Multipistes, which is active at the interregional level (France, Belgium, Grand Duchy, Germany), Franchement Franco (Belgium/Québec)… He puts his organisational skills and his sense of public relations to the service of the project holders. His passion? International Francophonie!
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
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
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.
Foundation of the non-profit association ‘PROMOTION ARTISTIQUE BELGE’ to promote, distribute and develop the national music, culture and art repertoire of Sabam.
The non-profit association ‘PROMOTION ARTISTIQUE BELGE’ becomes ‘PROMOTION ARTISTIQUE BELGE DE LA SABAM’.
The activities are expanded beyond the national repertoire and opened to other disciplines represented by Sabam.
Liquidation of the non-profit association ‘PROMOTION ARTISTIQUE BELGE DE LA SABAM’.
Following the law of 10 December 2009, Belgian collective administration societies must manage their social and cultural funds directly. They can no longer use a non-profit association for this. That is why Sabam has liquidated its non-profit association. Sabam now manages its social and cultural funds directly. Sabam for Culture is therefore an integral part of Sabam.