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Music Rights on Tour

Sometimes it seems to remain an almost impossible puzzle to solve for many creatives: music and law. Have you composed music for a film, commercial or video game or has your (existing) music been used? How does copyright work in cases like this? And how do music and rights work for publishers, producers and musicians? Do they have to register music to music rights organizations, or is it automatically collected for creators? To answer these questions and more, Dutch rights organizations are joining forces with the initiative Music Rights on Tour. The right holders of these organizations explain the basic principles of music and rights, on the basis of one clear case.


Tom Driessen (Copyright & Licensing Manager, Sizzer Amsterdam, NL)


Tom Driessen is Copyright & Licensing Manager at Sizzer. He is responsible for managing and expanding Sizzer’s very own music catalogue (the Sizzer Vault), takes care of copyright control and handles all licensing requests. The Vault has acted as a steady go-to music source for numerous commercials, films, trailers, games, art exhibitions and fashion shows for Heineken, Louis Vuitton, Ikea, Huawei, Mazda, Givenchy, Dior and more. If a client wants an existing piece of music (from Mötley Crüe to Elton John), Tom is the one to make this happen.

Tessa Rose Jackson (Songwriter, Composer, Someone, NL)


Tessa Rose Jackson has been building up her musical career since the age of 15. She attended the BRIT School for the Performing Arts in London, where she recorded and produced two albums with her first acoustic project. Returning to Holland, she completed the Pop course at Conservatory in Amsterdam, while simultaneously starting work as a composer for ad-music agency Sizzer. She wrote and produced the music for a number of large-scale campagnes for (amongst others) Ikea, Audi, Hunkemuller and Volkswagen. In that same periode she released a folkpop album under her own name, Tessa Rose Jackson. This paved the way for two successful NL tours, and gained her a generous amount of airplay on the Dutch radio and TV. In 2017 however, Jackson decided to change her course. Having outgrown the happy-go-lucky pop nature of her previous work and discovered a passion for creating visual art, she felt the need to follow a more challenging, refreshing path. This path is Someone. Someone is a multidisciplinary project, in which Jackson pours all her creativity, both sound and vision.

Darius Timmer (Composer, Producer, Mixing & Mastering Engineer, NL)


Darius Timmer (1989) graduated from the Pop Conservatory of Amsterdam in 2012. He plays keyboards in his own band - Orgel Vreten - and in Tessa Rose Jackson's new project named Someone. He also runs two studios in Amsterdam: Tiny Tiger Studio and Studio de Plaatjesmakers. Darius works as a keyboard player, composer, producer, mixer and mastering engineer. He's worked with many artists before (Matroesjka, IX, Someone, Josephine Zwaan, Coyoco, Marle Thompson, Tenfold) and has written for commercial, television and film (A Stranger Came To Town, Andere Tijden Sport, City Gazing Singapore, Broken Toaster TV).


Rita Zipora (Songwriter, Musician, NL)


Rita Zipora is a songwriter, musician and moderator. She released two well-reviewed solo-albums and is currently touring with her new project WOLKEN. Rita Zipora graduated in 2016 from her master studies at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with a thesis on copyright in the digital domain. She holds a chair in the Council of Members of Buma/Stemra, is a board member of BAM! (Beroepsvereniging voor Auteur-Muzikanten), is chair of POPnl, and works as a moderator and speaker on copyright, music and entrepreneurship on international events and conferences. Apart from writing her own music, Zipora has been co-writing tracks with many other artists and has written several songs for musical-productions and commercials.