International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers
The International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (French: Confédération Internationale des Sociétés d’Auteurs et Compositeurs, CISAC) is an international non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation that aims to protect the rights and promote the interests of creators worldwide. It advocates for strong legal protection of copyright and authors’ rights. It is the world’s largest international network of authors’ societies, also known as Collective Management Organisations (CMOs), copyright / royalty collection societies, collecting societies, or Performing Rights Organisations (PROs).
The president of CISAC is Swedish songwriter Björn Ulvaeus, who was appointed in May 2020. His predecessor was French electronic music composer Jean Michel Jarre, who served as President since June 2013.
Currently, 238 authors’ societies from 121 countries are members of CISAC. Together, these authors’ societies represent approximately four million creators and publishers from all geographic regions and all artistic fields (music, audiovisual, drama, visual arts and literature).
In 2015, CISAC’s member societies collected, €8.6bn in royalties from their respective national territories.
CISAC is financed by membership dues and has three official languages: English, French and Spanish.
CISAC was founded in 1926.