NOPA, the Norwegian Society of Composers and Lyricists, is a society for persons who hold copyrights to music, lyrics and other texts in musical works. The object of the society is to promote Norwegian creative music, musical works and lyrics and other texts in musical works, strengthen professional cooperation, create meeting places and work for the members’ artistic and financial interests.
From NOPA’s Articles of Association, Article 1.
The financial situation for composers of popular music has changed dramatically the past decade. This new landscape requires legislation, grant schemes, negotiations with and constant follow-up on commercial music services as well as a continuous dialogue with radio and TV channels.
NOPA focuses its efforts and resources on these political aspects related to the music industry. The objective is to improve conditions for all composers and lyricists. Meetings, formal and informal talks, feature articles, consultation, opinions and cooperation with other organisations form the core of the society’s cultural policy work.
Copyright and European cooperation
NOPA supports a number of external organisations and measures aimed at improving conditions for creators of musical works in Norway and the rest of the world. We work closely with our European umbrella organisation ECSA (European Composer and Songwriter Alliance), which lobbies intensively to protect copyrights in Europe. Furthermore, we provide legal consultancy services for members and participate in oral and written hearings, consultations and debates on copyrights.
NOPA provides incentives for creative processes by disbursing grants for songwriter projects in Norway and abroad. This benefits NOPA’s members as well as composers and lyricists in the field of popular music in general.
Work project dwellings
NOPA has three work project apartments: in Berlin, Vence (France) and London. The apartment in Berlin can be used by all popular music composers and lyricists in Norway. The purpose of the apartments is to offer an opportunity for immersion and concentration, networking and a place to stay while on work-related trips or the like.
Would you like to become a member of NOPA?
To become a member of NOPA you need to have income from copyright-related activities.
Do you want to become a member? Read more about our membership criteria and find a member application form here.
If you have further questions about NOPA’s activities or wish to talk to us, please feel free to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at +47 224 73 000.