GESAC Working groups

Madrid Group (legal committee).

This group, first convened in Madrid in 1992, elaborates legal positions on current affairs. It gathers the legal heads of department of each member society and meets on a regular basis in Brussels. The Madrid Group’s chair is Dr. Tobias Holzmüller of GEMA (Germany) and its Vice-chair is Caroline Bonin (France). They were elected for a two year term.


Tobias Holzmüller - Chair

Dr. Holzmüller is German authors' society GEMA's General Counsel and chairs the Madrid Group.




Caroline Bonin - Vice-Chair

Mrs. Bonin is French authors' society SACEM's Legal Department Director.



Public Affairs Committee

Meeting on a regular basis in Brussels, the PAC supports the board in determining the advocacy course of actions. It is chaired by Héloïse Fontanel from Sacem (France) and its Vice-Chair is Robbert Baruch from Buma (the Netherlands). They were elected for a two year term.


Héloïse Fontanel - Chair

Mrs. Fontanel is French authors' society Sacem's Head of European Affairs.


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Robbert Baruch - Vice-Chair

Mr. Baruch is Dutch authors' society Buma's Manager Public Affairs.



Communications Committee

This committee consists of the members’ heads of the Communication department and convenes up to twice a year in a different country each time to share best practices and exchange experiences. The Local Communications Committee has a rotating Presidency, as the hosting country takes on that role. 


Rotating Chair

The Communications Committee takes place once a year, in the country of the organising member.