Writers & Directors Worldwide has announced a new support program for emerging authors’ societies at its executive committee meeting in Buenos Aries; the first chaired by new president, director and screenwriter Horacio Maldonado. The council also shared news of three new appointments and the strengthening of its global partnership strategy.
The new support program will take the form of a fundraising and first aid initiative for emerging audiovisual societies. Using recent examples of new society growth in Latin America, the council intends to set up a structured package of assistance to help authors all over the world to pull together and establish their own collective management organisations. The requirement for creator representation is particularly crucial in regions that have a growing audiovisual industry but where no dedicated structure exists or is able to operate properly such as Paraguay or India.
The assistance will take a number of forms including the drafting of a methodology manual for the launch of new societies and the establishment of a special fund to provide initial advances to emerging societies.
Emerging societies that are eligible for these funds will be mentored by an established partner society who will also manage the expenditure and guide them in their first steps. This will address the issue of how societies can fund their operations during the time before they begin collections and will complement the existing solidarity and support programmes provided by CISAC. It is anticipated that this first-aid assistance programme will be initially rolled out to one or two societies this year.