In our latest series of blog posts, we’ll be getting to know some of our sponsors better – starting off with Spanish collections society, Fundación SGAE.

The Keychange initiative receives vital support from a number of organisations from throughout the music industry, including a number of collections societies throughout Europe. We caught up with Director of Research and Development at Fundación SGAE, Ruben Gutierrez del Castillo, to find out more about their organisation, and their thoughts about the Keychange initiative.

For those who haven’t been in touch with you yet, what is Fundación SGAE?

Fundación SGAE is the foundation of the Spanish Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers. Its main aims are to develop the role of the authors, composers and publishers in the cultural sector, to promote their work and to build a bridge with society, seeking to reach to wider audiences.

What are some of Fundación SGAE’s main priorities and projects at the moment?

We’re working intensively in three areas:

  • The promotion of the works of the SGAE members in Spain and abroad (the internationalisation of the repertoire is the main priority of projects like Flamenco eÑe, Jazz eÑe, Danza eÑe and many others projects)
  • Improving the social and economic situation of the authors, composers and publishers, and also the whole cultural sector in Spain. We develop some research projects in the cultural economic and cultural policy fields, as well as programs for subsidies and grants directly for SGAE members, along with training courses focused as much in creative techniques as in management issues.
  • Improving of the social perception of author’s rights. In last six years, Fundación Autor has been focused on the promotion of female authors and composers, through supporting festivals, developing promotional activities and also through research, both statistical data and sociological processes.

How do you see the current gender-balance landscape in Spain – both at Fundación SGAE and in the festival landscape?

We’re very far from the balance. For example, only about the 17.5% of the SGAE members are female, and their presence is still very low in the cultural activities in Spain. According to our own research, only 18% of the plays programmed in the main public theatres in Spain (central government and regional governments) are written by women.

Why did Fundación SGAE feel compelled to take part in the Keychange initiative?

Since the development of promotion of female authors is one or our current priorities, we found in Keychange an excellent way to implement our strategy, working together (which is also very important) with other collections societies throughout Europe.

And finally, what are some of your thoughts about Keychange?

Well, first of all, it’s important to us because as soon as we become part of a European network, we will be more efficient on a global scale. We can’t forget that the gender topic is a global target, not only a local one. Furthermore, we’re very happy about how the project is planned and about the support it has found in so many different countries. We think it is very important to achieve success and to claim the attention of the whole of Europe to discuss the status of female musicians.