Eric Baptiste

Born in 1961, Eric Baptiste became Director General of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) on February 1, 1999. CISAC is an international organisation grouping 219 authors' societies in 115 countries and representing 2.5 million creators and publishers of all repertoires.

Under Baptiste's impetus, CISAC has become a proactive organisation serving its members and authors worldwide as well as developing innovative solutions to facilitate the digital use of creators' works. Baptiste strives to strengthen CISAC's position on the international scene at a time when the principles of copyright and collective management are under constant scrutiny by users and governments.

In addition to his activities within CISAC, Eric Baptiste has remained faithful to his commitment to new talent in French music and is currently:

  • Secretary General of the board of Francophonie diffusion (since 1997)
  • Founder and Vice-President of Radio NEO, a non-commercial radio exclusively devoted to new musical talent in the French-speaking world (since 2000)

After graduating from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (IEP) and the Ecole nationale d'administration (ENA), Eric Baptiste has been:

  • Chairman of the working group on relations between the radio and the music sector, set up by the French Ministry of Culture (2001-2002)
  • CEO of Radio 95.2 Paris (1996-1998)
  • Executive President of Musiques France Plus (1995-1998)
  • Chairman of trade association Vive la Radio (1994-1998)
  • Adviser to the chairman of Radio France International, and VP in charge of international development and partnerships (1995-1996)
  • General Manager of Radio France International (1990- 1995)
  • ‘Auditeur’ & ‘MaÎtre des requêtes’ to the Council of State (1986-1990)

In 2006, Eric Baptiste received the French medal of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters.

Eric Baptiste

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