Organization

President

Letter from the President

Queridos/as todos/as:

En esta Memoria AIE 2020 se detallan las acciones y deberes, cumplidos y pendientes, de las cuentas, recaudaciones, repartos y movimientos realizados durante el año 2020, para mejorar la gestión de los derechos de los artistas. El Consejo de Administración y las personas, equipos de trabajo y colaboradores que conforman nuestra sociedad, dan cuenta de lo acontecido para que los socios y socias, después de analizar y contrastar los datos que en esta Memoria se ofrecen, puedan refrendar o reprobar las gestiones realizadas, y el público y las autoridades que tienen que observar el cumplimiento de los estatutos y compromisos adquiridos por AIE, puedan comprobar la veracidad, rectitud y transparencia de nuestra gestión.

En 2020 hemos padecido la mayor pandemia que se recuerda en muchos años, y aún en el momento que escribo esta carta la seguimos padeciendo sin tener una idea precisa de cuándo se acabará esta tremenda pesadilla, ni cuándo podremos volver a trabajar con seguridad y dignidad y obtener resultados económicos.

Este año 2020, la pandemia COVID-19, ha puesto a prueba la resistencia del ser humano. Los artistas, en general, hemos tenido que ir viendo cómo, poco a poco, se reducían los espacios, los conciertos y actuaciones, y todas las expectativas que, al comienzo de esta pandemia, hace ya más de un año, se fueron manifestando como posibles, pasado un corto tiempo de confinación y sufrimiento. Nada salió como esperábamos y todo se complicó como no esperábamos, en contra del trabajo, los recursos y la actividad cultural.

Al tiempo que los artistas y el sector de la cultura han ido perdiendo el trabajo, el negocio y los recursos económicos, las plataformas de música, entretenimiento y diversión, se han ido enriqueciendo a niveles nunca antes vistos.

GAFA, (Google, Apple, Facebook y Amazon), el grupo de empresas más importante del planeta, contra el que tuvimos que pelear arduamente en la Directiva Europea 2019/790, ha registrado la mayor afluencia y beneficios de su historia, y hemos visto cómo sus creadores y propietarios lucían sin pudor sus fortunas de miles de millones de dólares, mientras que los artistas de casi todas las modalidades y países, hemos acusado el pesado golpe de la cancelación e inexistencia de trabajo y beneficios. YouTube tampoco ha salido mal parada de esta pandemia en 2020.

  • GOOGLE – Alphabet, casa matriz de Google, ha registrado unos ingresos de 56.900 millones de dólares en el último trimestre de 2020, un 23 % más que en 2019.
  • APPLE – El primer trimestre de 2020 ha sido el mejor trimestre de toda su historia y ha ingresado 91.800 millones de dólares, un 9 % más que en 2019.
  • FACEBOOK – Ganó 24.000 millones de dólares en 2020, un 58 % más que en 2019.
  • AMAZON – Ha batido su récord de ingresos, 125.600 millones de dólares en un trimestre, un 44 % más que en 2019.
  • YOUTUBE – Ingresó en el último trimestre de 2020 6.900 millones de dólares, un 46 % más de los 4.700 millones en el mismo periodo de 2019.

Google reveló que los ingresos publicitarios de YouTube totalizaron USD 15.000 millones en 2019. En 2020 fueron USD 19.710 millones (54 millones diarios).

Paradojas de la vida, estas, que casi nunca se producen a favor de los artistas y demás compañeros de viaje del talento, la creatividad, el esfuerzo y la dedicación.

Algunos otros medios de comunicación también han tenido audiencias y resultados económicos muy buenos.

Mientras se pagan los productos de consumo y demás licencias y suscripciones, sin ser visiblemente cuestionados, los derechos de propiedad intelectual son evitados, rechazados, cuestionados y enviados a los tribunales permanentemente.

El año pasado escribí en esta carta que nos volcaríamos en extender la recaudación a todas las plataformas y medios que utilizan las actuaciones grabadas de los artistas, y así ha sido.

Por el momento, y después de muchos años de pleitos ganados, reclamaciones, reuniones y gestiones jurídicas, a base de constancia, tribunales, y algo de suerte, en 2020 hemos conseguido mantener la recaudación y reparto de los derechos de los artistas en las plataformas Spotify, Deezer y Google Play. Este logro, pionero en la gestión colectiva, nos llena de satisfacción. Fue muy difícil instaurarlo pero, sin duda, marca un antes y un después muy favorable para los artistas y sus derechos en internet. Después de este gran logro, estamos a punto de firmar también convenios con Apple, Netflix y otras plataformas.

Los artistas ya han recibido remuneraciones, del streaming o transmisión, a través de AIE. Primero hemos afianzado el reconocimiento del derecho, y a partir de ahora pelearemos por mejorar las cantidades a percibir por los artistas de las plataformas digitales.

Es muy alentador que en este 2021 podamos establecer el compromiso legal de estas plataformas para que acepten que en el streaming (transmisión) hay Comunicación Pública y Puesta a Disposición y así conseguir que los artistas podamos tener para siempre un derecho de remuneración, que será un cambio muy positivo e importantísimo para los artistas y también porque habremos conseguido, después de cinco años de lucha legal y jurídica, establecer en Europa y en todo el mundo, que los artistas, intérpretes o ejecutantes, puedan obtener sus beneficios del streaming no solo a través de las compañías discográficas, sino también, por la gestión colectiva.

Esta fórmula permitirá que AIE pueda, con garantías, recaudar y hacer efectivos los derechos y remuneraciones que nos corresponden a los artistas por la utilización de nuestras grabaciones.

Inmersos en una pandemia que afecta muy seriamente a la sanidad, a la economía, al trabajo, a la cultura, a la música y muy especialmente a los artistas, mostramos los resultados de nuestra gestión con prudencia y satisfacción.

Seguimos controlando y reduciendo el gasto un año más. En 2020, una vez conocida la pandemia y viendo que la recaudación sufriría una incierta caída, AIE inició un proceso de ajustes que dieron como resultado la reducción del 21,5 % en el gasto. Así mismo, el descuento de administración en 2020 ha sido de un 11,75 % (– 12 % que lo presupuestado).

Con todo incluido, este año 2020 el descuento total de recaudación y administración ha sido del 16,9 %.

Trabajar, avanzar, conseguir leyes, derechos, ser un referente de buena gestión, liderar la gestión colectiva internacional y enfrentar los problemas reales sin absurdos obstáculos ni rencillas internas, requiere unión, exigencia, honestidad, eficacia, transparencia y compromiso. Todo esto es necesario para realizar una buena gestión y conseguir que los artistas recibamos la justa remuneración que merecemos por la utilización de nuestro talento y trabajo.

En la carta de la Memoria AIE 2019, escribí: No prometemos tener un mejor año ni nada que se le parezca porque las perspectivas para el año 2020 son delicadas, inciertas e inquietantes. Haremos todo lo que esté a nuestro alcance para que en la siguiente Memoria podamos exhibir las pruebas de un trabajo bien hecho y los mejores resultados posibles.

Con humildad y sin levantar la voz, hemos cumplido el propósito que establecimos el año pasado. Los resultados de este 2020 son muy buenos teniendo en cuenta que otras entidades de gestión y otros sectores han reducido sus ingresos desde un 15 % al 50 % e incluso un 60 % en determinados territorios. En AIE la reducción ha sido de un 12,03 %, cantidad muy positiva e impensable en los meses de junio y julio de 2020.

Los datos avalan esta afirmación y nos sentimos muy satisfechos por haber mejorado el reparto, bajado el descuento de administración, y mantenido la recaudación en niveles muy similares al año 2019.

Hay algo muy importante para mantener estos niveles: la complicidad, exigencia y participación de los socios y socias en la gestión de nuestra querida AIE. Hoy tenemos la confianza de los socios y socias y esperamos seguir contando con ella porque es preciso y necesario sentirse representantes y representados.

TRATADO DE BEIJING

El 28 de abril de 2020, al haber sido ratificado por más de 30 países, entró en vigor el Tratado de la OMPI sobre Interpretaciones y Ejecuciones Audiovisuales, llamado Tratado de Beijing por ser esta la ciudad china en la que el 26 de abril de 2012 se aprobó. Este tratado, del que ya anticipé su bonanza y buenos augurios en la carta de la Memoria AIE 2019, da mayor firmeza a los derechos patrimoniales de los artistas, intérpretes o ejecutantes, abriendo la posibilidad de que éstos obtengan ingresos adicionales por su trabajo. Sin temor a repetirme y por la importancia del mismo, hemos incluido una extensa explicación sobre el Tratado de Beijing en esta Memoria AIE 2020.

MEDIDAS EXTRAORDINARIAS ADOPTADAS EN 2020:

Metidos de lleno en esta turbulencia sanitaria y económica, producida por la COVID-19 que hemos padecido durante el año 2020, y que aún continúa, decidimos, en 2020, tomar medidas urgentes:

• Contener el gasto.

• Acrecentar los repartos provisionales y estimados: Incrementar un 16 %, el reparto de abril de 2020, por valor de 1,6 millones €.

• Duplicar el límite máximo de los repartos provisionales en 48 horas. En 2020 AIE concedió más de 800 repartos provisionales/estimados = 1,14 millones €. (50 % más que en 2019).

• AIE incrementó el reparto presupuestado de abril de 2020 en un 16 % (de 10 a 11,6 millones €) y en junio de 2020 en un 37,51 % (de 4,9 a 6,7 millones €). El reparto total de 2020 se incrementó en un 9,1 % de 32,7 a 35,7 millones €.

• Destinar alrededor de tres millones de euros a AyudasAIE por EMERGENCIA, CONTINGENCIA y ASISTENCIALES, a las socias y socios de AIE.

El avance tecnológico, la innovación y la internacionalización siguen siendo prioridades para AIE. Y ahora más, si cabe. Seguimos procurando avanzar en formación, información y herramientas, que nos permitan, con eficacia y humanismo, llevar a cabo la gestión colectiva encaminada al futuro.

En la era de la comunicación global es necesario conseguir la protección del individuo frente a la evidente y comprobada tentación de la industria tecnológica que va creando normas y clichés muy rentables de consumo, aunque estos perjudiquen a la libertad de elección y a los derechos establecidos en los tratados internacionales.

Hay que mantener un buen equilibrio entre la tecnología y los derechos humanos.

AyudasAIE por EMERGENCIA

El comportamiento, la comprensión y la solidaridad de los socios y socias de AIE, demostrada en las dos campañas de AyudasAIE por EMERGENCIA que hemos llevado a cabo durante 2020 ha sido ejemplar y desde aquí y en nombre de todas las personas que conformamos la AIE, les doy públicamente las gracias. En esta memoria se detallan las dos tandas de AyudasAIE por EMERGENCIA que AIE realizó en 2020.

En el ámbito europeo AIE ha promovido y colaborado en campañas para la obtención de ayudas para los artistas por parte de las instituciones comunitarias.

En esta memoria se da cumplida cuenta de estas y otras gestiones de ámbito europeo.

CONTACTOS DE AIE CON EL MINISTERIO DE CULTURA Y DEPORTE Y EL GOBIERNO

Hay una serie de temas pendientes y necesarios para mejorar la gestión colectiva, que conciernen al Ministerio de Cultura y al Gobierno de España. En el año 2020 y parte del 2021, se los hemos planteado para su resolución:

  • Petición de fondos para ayudas a los socios.
  • Cambio del destino de la prescripción para la Oferta Digital Legal a Ayudas Asistenciales por Emergencia (conseguido para aplicar en los dos próximos años).
  • Aumento de las tarifas de Copia Privada en España para homologarlas con las del resto de Europa. Actualmente tenemos las más bajas y están por debajo del 50 % de las del resto de Europa.
  • Publicación de la Orden de metodología de tarifas.
  • Transposición de la Directiva DAMUD, respetando los principios de los artículos 15, 17 y 18.
  • Fortalecimiento de la Gestión Colectiva. • Estatuto del Artista (regular los aspectos pendientes).
  • Ley de mecenazgo (aún por definir en un amplio sentido y efecto).
  • Ayudas para proyectos tecnológicos, sostenibilidad y resiliencia (carta conjunta para Nadia Calviño y Rodríguez Uribes).

En 2020 tuvo lugar la Asamblea Extraordinaria para elegir miembros de la Comisión de Control Interno, tal como marca la Ley de Propiedad Intelectual. En esta Memoria se detallan los aspectos de esta Asamblea Extraordinaria 2020.

Los socios de AIE, además, pudieron ejercer su derecho a voto de forma telemática, por delegación, y por asistencia presencial, mediante petición previa.

Sólo con una fuerte unión de los artistas, los autores y sus entidades de gestión, podremos forjar un futuro cierto para todos los que hemos elegido el viaje de la interpretación, la creación, el servicio, el trabajo y las emociones.

No quiero finalizar esta carta sin dedicar unas líneas a la memoria de Maria Eugenia Salcedo, directora del departamento de Fondo Asistencial y Cultural de AIE, fallecida por causa del COVID-19. Reconocida y querida por todos, permanecerá en nuestra memoria.

Gracias al Consejo de Administración, al director general, y a todas las personas que trabajan y colaboran con AIE, por su ayuda, entrega y dedicación. Vamos creciendo hacia el futuro con sensatez y empeño.

Desde aquí aprovecho para agradecer y reconocer la sensibilidad y solidaridad de los artistas, ellas y ellos, de los músicos todos, para con la ciudadanía, en pueblos, ciudades y diversos espacios, llenando de talento, alegría y emoción los balcones, las calles, los recintos sanitarios y tantos y tantos lugares.

Ha quedado patente el respeto, cariño y empeño de los artistas, en sembrar de belleza, de música y emoción el mundo para liberar a la gente de tanta tristeza. Por ello les damos las más sinceras gracias y aplaudimos su gesta. Merecen el reconocimiento de la sociedad y de cada uno de nosotros.

Un fuerte abrazo,

Luis Cobos

Músico y presidente de AIE

Biography of the President

Luis Cobos was born in Campo de Criptana (Castilla-La Mancha).

He studied musical theory and learned to play requinto guitar with Mr Manuel Angulo, the band conductor, whom he would later help to prepare the concert programs and repertoire of the Beethoven Philharmonic Band and to teach musical theory to the youngest learners.

He joined the Beethoven Philharmonic Band at the age of 8 and remained a member until he was 14. During that time, he also sang as male soprano soloist in the Campo de Criptana choir and orchestra. At the age of 10, he took singing lessons in Madrid.

In Campo de Criptana, he was part of the Orquesta Mambo in which he played alto sax.

At the age of 14 Luis Cobos moved to Ciudad Real and began his studies at the Jesuit school; there, when he was 15 years old, he founded the Escolanía Loyola choir school, which he conducted himself. Indeed, he won the Children’s Choir Award in Cuenca with this choir school.

Apart from his studies, he carried out musical activities, composed numerous pieces, taught musical culture and theory classes and organized and directed several theatre plays while he worked on the arrangement of musical works for big band, choir and organ. Later, he was sent to study Polyphony and Choir Conducting at the University of Salamanca with Father Manzárraga. He was by far the youngest among 160 choir conductors which attended these courses at the University of Salamanca. At the age of 19, the Jesuit school suggested he stay to work as a teacher and educator, an activity which he carried out for one year.

As a guest student, he passed the musical theory and harmony exams at the Royal Conservatory of Madrid with outstanding grades.

Later, already in Madrid, he toured together with several musical groups and orchestras. By the end of 1968 he formed his own project named Conexión, strongly influenced by jazz and soul. He wrote and composed various songs which became international hits and appeared on Spanish and international music charts.

Afterwards, as a musical conductor, he directed, conducted and produced countless records and musical works, most of which were resoundingly successful.

He has conducted, produced and collaborated with numerous performers and bands, among others: Plácido Domingo, Julio Iglesias, Pedro Vargas, José Carreras, Ana Belén, Paco de Lucía, Nino Bravo, Antonio Banderas, Sara Montiel, Tino Casal, Joaquín Sabina, Antonio Flores, Mecano, Olé-Olé, Orquesta Mondragón, Pedro Iturralde, Isabel Pantoja, Arturo Sandoval, Paloma San Basilio, Diana Navarro, Miguel Ríos, Ana Torroja… and a long list of national and international artists and groups.

Luis Cobos conducted and produced -and also recorded piano and keyboards- a record with Danny Lane, composer and guitarist (member of Wings with Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney); Ginger Baker, drummer (member of Cream with Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton, drummer with Jimi Hendrix); and Rick Grech, bassist (member of Traffic and Blind Faith). This was one of the most important, curious and complicated works ever recorded by him.

He also collaborated in a record for Save the Children sponsored by Anne, Princess Royal of the United Kingdom, in which all singers and actors of London’s musicals intervened: Cats, Starlight Express, Les Miserables, etc. The record counted also on the participation of Sara Brightman, then wife of Andrew Lloyd Weber. The composer invited Luis Cobos to the premier of his Requiem at Westminster Cathedral.

It was in 1982 that Luis Cobos became internationally recognized and renowned as an orchestra conductor all over the world. In October 1982, he recorded his work “ZARZUELA” together with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Abbey Road studios in London and achieved great international success and popularity.

In a short period of time, Luis Cobos and his release “ZARZUELA” jumped to the absolute number one on international sales charts and reached a total of ONE MILLION copies sold, an unimaginable amount for a Spanish instrumental record. Expected sales of a number one instrumental hit amounted to an estimate of 50000 copies sold, and Luis Cobos was the first performer and conductor to break this barrier and establish a new threshold with ONE MILLION copies sold. Resounding, million-dollar hits would come later: SOL Y SOMBRA, MEXICANO (this record by Luis Cobos also sold ONE MILLION copies in Mexico); MÁS ZARZUELA, CAPRICCIO RUSSO (14 different covers of this record were made for various countries and continents); TEMPO D’ITALIA, VIENNA CONCERTO, OPERA MAGNA, SUITE 1700, VIENTO DEL SUR, OSCARS, AMOR, LA DANZA DE LOS CORCELES, MI HISTORIA, VIVA MÉXICO, ENCANTADOS… All these releases earned platinum records.

As an orchestra conductor, Luis Cobos has recorded a large collection of releases. Each of them has exceeded the average of 500.000 copies sold.

Luis Cobos has earned Gold, Platinum and Diamond records in: Spain, Belgium, Finland, Portugal, Germany, United States, Japan, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, The Netherlands, France, Brazil…

However, this success, along with the hits and releases that earned Gold, Platinum and Diamond records all over the world, is not enough for him. Luis Cobos wants to give a meaning to his career, as well as veracity and consistency. That is why he is constantly touring with the first line international orchestras listed below. In 1984, he founded the Popular Symphony Orchestra and performed a successful concert tour all around Spain.

These are some of the orchestras which have counted on the participation of Luis Cobos in their releases, records and concerts, and which have earned him several awards, prizes and honors:

  • THE ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA – London, UK
  • VIENNA SYMPHONY – Austria
  • GREAT MOSCOW SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – Russia
  • RAI NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – Italy
  • LOS ANGELES SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – US
  • BEIJING SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – China
  • THE LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – London, UK
  • KANSAI PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA – Japan
  • ENGLISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA – London, UK
  • ROYAL OPERA HOUSE CHORUS – Covent Garden Opera Chorus – London, UK
  • GRAN TEATRE DEL LICEU CHORUS – Barcelona, Spain
  • RED ARMY CHOIR – ALEXANDROV ENSEMBLE – Moscow, Russia
  • NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA OF MEXICO – Mexico
  • SPANISH NATIONAL ORCHESTRA – Spain
  • RTVE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – Spain
  • BELGRADE PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA – Serbia
  • BUDAPEST YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – Hungary
  • HANNOVER YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – Germany
  • BRUSSELS YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – Belgium
  • BILBAO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – Spain
  • LATIN AMERICAN YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – Latin America
  • EUROPEAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
  • UNORCHESTRA – United Nations Orchestra
  • GRAN CANARIA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA – Spain
  • BANDA PRIMITIVA OF LLIRIA – Civil band – Valencia, Spain
  • ACAPULCO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA – Guerrero, Mexico
  • AUTONOMOUS UNIVERSITY OF GUADALAJARA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – Mexico
  • GREAT TROPICAL ORCHESTRA OF PUERTO RICO – Puerto Rico
  • SODRE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – Uruguay

… and a long list of professional and youth orchestras, bands and diverse music groups.

Luis Cobos has conducted and conducts orchestras in Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Japan, Germany, Italy, Austria, Romania, Hungary, former Yugoslavia, China, The Netherlands, Mexico, Argentina, Belgium, Panama, Colombia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Puerto Rico, etc.

In 1985, Luis Cobos conducted The Royal Philarmonic Orchestra at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium before 82000 people. This was the first time a symphony orchestra had played a concert in a football stadium.

His releases are edited and published all around the world.

The sales of his records exceed 15 MILLION copies sold.

 

OTHER ACTIVITIES

Luis Cobos is:

  • President of the Spanish Society of Artists AIE.
    Luis Cobos, together with a group of renowned Spanish performers, funded in 1989 the Spanish Society of Artists AIE. Its Honorary Chairman is His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain.
  • President of the Ibero-Latin-American Federation of Performers FILAIE.
    As representative of this federation, comprising the totality of performers rights management entities from Latin America, Spain and Portugal, in May 1992 Luis Cobos requested the enforcement of the TOAIEF Treaty at WIPO, which became effective in December 1996. During those four years, Luis Cobos attended all relevant WIPO committees and fought for the establishment of this important treaty.
  • President of GIART (International Organisation representing the EU performers’ Collective Management Societies).
    During his time in charge of this international entity, the protection period for performers was extended from 50 to 70 years. Luis Cobos led this movement and obtained the great support of European performers.
  • Director of “Tierra de Gigantes” International Music Festival.
    Luis Cobos has directed the festival since its creation in 2005. He composes and writes the music, acts and manages the festival selflessly and without remuneration as a contribution to the development and promotion of culture in his town, Campo de Criptana.
  • Guest conductor of The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Honorary conductor of the Banda Primitiva of Lliria.
  • President of The Latin Grammy Foundation
    Luis Cobos was unanimously elected President of The Latin Recording Academy, based in Miami and which covers Latin America, Spain and Portugal. He presided this institution for seven years.

 

  • Vice-President of the Spanish Academy of Music Arts and Sciences.
  • Founding President of the University Board for the Arts based at the University of Alcalá de Henares.

This Board was founded in 1996 by Luis Cobos and Manuel Gala, rector of the University of Alcalá.

 

Several renowned public figures are Honorary Members of this Board: Claudia Cardinale, The Beatles performer and producer Sir George Martin, Ennio Morricone, French Minister of Culture Philippe Douste-Blazy, Chavela Vargas, Alfredo Kraus, British film director Sir Alan Parker, French performer and President of CISAC Jean Michel Jarre, The Royal Spanish Academy, The Gran Teatre del Liceu, Jordi Savall, Georges Moustaki, Nuria Espert, Bebo Valdés, The Berklee College of Music, Sara Montiel, The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts LIPA, Mexican actress Silvia Pinal… and a long list of relevant names.

 

  • Founding President of the Ibero-American Forum for the Arts, established at the Classical University of Lisbon in 1998. Many Ibero-American celebrities and public figures are members of this forum: Portuguese fado singer Carlos Do Carmo, Mónica Lapa, doctor and writer of the Portuguese Constitution Carlos Miranda, Chile’s ex-President Patricio Alwyn, Alberto Cortez, Roberto Carlos, and renowned Ibero-American senators, performers, Doctors in Law and civil rights activists.

 

Luis Cobos, always close to his roots, maintains a deep love and admiration for music bands and big bands, especially for the Beethoven Philharmonic Band of Campo de Criptana, which he has conducted several times and where he acquired his first knowledge and vocation. In 1986, he toured Spain together with the Banda Primitiva of Lliria, recognized as one of the best music bands in the world.

A tour of concerts and performances in Barcelona, Valencia, Palma de Mallorca, Málaga, Campo de Criptana…

All concerts were sold out and the tour was an enormous success in terms of audience and critical acclaim.

Luis Cobos has to his credit a long list of gold discs and over 100 platinum records in different countries. He has received countless awards for his work.

During a public event in 1998, the President of Sony Music Claudio Conde awarded Luis Cobos FIVE DIAMOND DISCS after he sold more than FIVE MILLION COPIES of his whole discography in Spain. That was the first time that SONY MUSIC awarded FIVE DIAMOND DISCS to a single performer in Spain.

Among the numerous awards Luis Cobos has received, the following stand out:

  • GOLD LP RECORD AWARD (awarded by the national music critique).
  • BOCACCIO MUSIC AWARD (Italy).
  • SGAE AWARD for his work in promoting and disseminating Spanish music around the world.
  • AMPEX GOLDEN AWARD (awarded for the first time to a Spanish performer in the United States). This prize is one of the most important awards for the quality and sales of music works in the world.

 

MOST IMPORTANT CONCERTS AND PERFORMANCES:

1985 – September – Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid before 82000 people with THE ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA.

1987 – May – Plaza Mayor of Madrid with THE MOSCOW SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

1990 – June –  EXPO’90 in OSAKA (Japan) with THE KANSAI PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA. Broadcasted via satellite.

1991 – Tour in Spain with THE BUDAPEST SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA.

1992 – Tour in MEXICO – 12 concerts around the country with THE BUDAPEST SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, with successful performances in Mexico DF, Guadalajara, Monterrey, Durango, etc.

1993 – April – Concert in GENT, Belgium – Massive concert before 20000 people with THE BRUSSELS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA.

1993 – October – Extraordinary concert at the PALACIO DE BELLAS ARTES in Mexico with THE MEXICO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. Benefit concert for the pioneers of Mexican cinema.

1994 – Concert in Belgrade and tour in Mexico with THE BELGRADE PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA. Massive concerts around the country.

2000 – 2001 – Massive tour through the Mexican Republic sponsored by Domecq. Performances in Monterrey, Mexico, Chihuahua, Ciudad Juarez, Guadalajara, San Miguel de Allende, San Luis Potosi, Aguascalientes, etc.

2005 – Great concert in Sierra de los Molinos in Campo de Criptana during the International Music Festival, celebrating the fourth centenary of “El Quijote”. Massive concert with over 5000 attendants.

2005 – Celebration of the Centenary of Durango and Gómez Palacio in Mexico. Two massive concerts, the first before 22000 and the second before 42000 people.

2007 – Tour ENCANTADOS around Spain with Paloma San Basilio and THE EUROPE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA.

2008 – Concert at the Presidential Palace in Montevideo (Uruguay) with THE SODRE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA.

2010 – Concert at the National Auditorium of Music in Madrid with the BEETHOVEN PHILHARMONIC BAND. This was the first time a band played at the National Auditorium, and the Beethoven Philharmonic Band of Campo de Criptana was accompanied by the Coral Santa Cecilia choir. It was a unique and exciting concert celebrated and supported by the entire town.

2012 – Christmas Concert in Romania.

2013 – Great concert “Todos somos música” (“We are all music”) conducted by Luis Cobos at the Auditorium of Barcelona with THE SPANISH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, consisting of 150 performers from all Spanish symphony orchestras and 100 singers from various choirs. Orchestra musicians from France, Germany, United Kingdom and Italy also participated in this concert.

2013 – Protest concert in the terrace of the Royal Palace of Madrid with THE RTVE ORCHESTRA AND CHOIR and guest conductors to prevent the reduction and discontinuity of the orchestra and choir. The concert was a success with over 15000 attendants, and the orchestra and choir were saved from this harmful measure.

2013 – Great concert “A toda banda” with 150 performers from all Spanish professional music bands, the Escolanía de El Escorial choir, the Coral Santa Cecilia choir and the Coro Voces Unidas (United Voices Choir).

2013 – Christmas Concert in Lliria conducting the BANDA PRIMITIVA OF LLIRIA. It was a reunion with the quintessential music band which proved to be a great and fraternal success. The band awarded Luis the Gold Badge.

2014 – Concert in Cordoba to prevent the reduction, discontinuity or dissolution of THE CORDOBA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. Massive and successful concert at a crowded Plaza de las Tendillas.

 

Luis Cobos has written and composed orchestral pieces, movie soundtracks, music works for classical theatre plays, TV, famous songs, electronic music, etc. Nevertheless, he is popularly known as an orchestra conductor. After conducting and composing, orchestration is the most important activity for him. His records are published all around the world and he has over FIFTEEN MILLION COPIES sold.

 

Luis Cobos COMPOSER

Luis Cobos has written and composed orchestral pieces, movie soundtracks, music works for classical theatre plays, themes for TV and series, famous songs, electronic music, etc.

He started composing at the age of 12 in Campo de Criptana, his hometown. There, he wrote some songs and pieces for clarinet which, he says, “have no special value”. Later in Ciudad Real, at the age of 15, he composed several pieces for choir and organ which would become his “liberation mass”. He also wrote several anthems, pop and dance songs.

Already in Madrid, he founded the band Conexión and composed a series of successful songs which were published in many different countries. Some of them earned great acclaim in international charts: Strong lover, I will pray, Un mundo sin amor, Niños del Edén…

He also founded the pioneering project Elbosco, a resounding success which was number one in the charts in Spain, France, Portugal, Brazil… Overall worldwide record sales exceed TWO MILLION copies sold.

Luis Cobos has composed and written music for classical theatre plays:

Sophoclean Tetralogy, among which Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus and Antigone stand out. The premiere took place at the Roman Theatre of Mérida, and these pieces have been published all over Europe, USA and Japan.

He also composed the music for “The Siege of Numantia” by Cervantes, the musical “Fantástico Boccaccio”, “Run for Your Wife” (Spanish version), “Cuéntalo tú que tienes más gracia”, “Mujer busca hombre”, among many others.

 

Music for radio and TV in Spain, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Mexico, USA…

He has composed and written music for TV shows such as “El Kiosco”, “En portada”, “La noche abierta”, “Como Pedro por su casa”, “Esta noche Pedro”, “Factoría Ratonil Pérez”, “Torpedo”, and for TV channels such as TVE, Antena 3 and Telecinco.

Luis has also composed music for radio stations and shows such as “Radio Nacional”, “Radio Cinco”, “Radio Ochenta”, “Antena 3”, “Radio España”, “Premios Ondas de la Cadena Ser”, “Los 40 Principales”, “Music for London BBC”, etc.

Furthermore, he has written, composed and performed musical pieces for two spectacles of the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art of Jerez, namely “Así bailan los caballos andaluces” and “Sinfonía a caballo”.

He has also written and composed musical pieces for the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games; the Paralympic Anthem for the 1992 Paralympics; the music for Olympus – Música para el Deporte de Madrid (“Music for Sport in Madrid”) and the anthems for several world swimming championships and winter sports; and further anthems and hymns such as “Olympus” (Olympic Hymn), the Ibero-American anthem, the “Himno de Montiel”, etc.

He has composed the institutional music of the autonomous community of Castilla-La Mancha.

As a composer and orchestrator, Luis Cobos has been number one in more than 20 countries. His pop song “Dancing in Paris” was a number one sales hit as well as a critically acclaimed success, and “Viento del sur” has been performed by outstanding jazz musicians from many different countries.

The following artists, performers and musicians have performed songs and arrangements composed by Luis Cobos: The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Plácido Domingo, Paco de Lucía, Julio Iglesias, Red Army Choir – Alexandrov Ensemble, Covent Garden Opera Chorus, Ana Belén, Antonio Banderas, Antonio Flores, Joaquín Sabina, Orquesta Mondragón, Elbosco, Angel, Pilar Jurado, Serafín Zubiri, Mónica Naranjo, Mecano, Pedro Vargas, José Carreras, The London Symphony Orchestra, The Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Paquito D’Rivera, Arturo Sandoval, Great Tropical Orchestra of Puerto Rico, The Budapest Symphony Orchestra, The Beijing Symphony Orchestra, The Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra… and many more.

Luis Cobos has composed the suite “Don Quijote de la Mancha” which includes pieces such as “Sinfonía a caballo”, “Morir cuerdo y vivir loco”, “En un lugar de la Mancha” or “Tierra de gigantes”. “Sinfonía a caballo” is an instrumental overture that describes the beauty, strength and elegance of horses. It is a hymn to freedom and respect for animals, a story of struggle, assertion and love between horseman and horse which ends up in a total symbiosis. Luis composed this piece as a movement of a great suite dedicated to Don Quijote and La Mancha. Before concluding the composition of the suite, he lent this piece to the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art of Jerez to be used as representative music of their spectacles around the world. “Tierra de gigantes” is a cantata for orchestra, choir, soprano and tenor, a hymn to Campo de Criptana and its mountain range Sierra de los Molinos. The lyrics are also written by Luis, who writes the text for most of his vocal pieces. This cantata is brilliant and vibrating in its choral section, lyrical and delicate in its melody, touching and deep in its instrumental part.

The song “Todos somos música” (We are all music), composed by Luis Cobos, was performed by all Spanish orchestras in a simultaneous concert celebrated in 2013, in 26 cities of the world at the same exact time. Luis Cobos has composed and written over 500 songs, instrumental pieces and musical works.

He has also composed, orchestrated and conducted music for cinema. Among his compositions and orchestrations, the following stand out: “La corte del faraón”, “Yo soy esa”, “El día que nací yo”, “Bésame tonta”, “Tiempos de constitución”, “Dulces cajas de regalos”, “Las gatas tienen frío”, “Crónica de un instante”, “El Club Bilderberg” and many more.

For years, Luis Cobos was an expert in advertising music. He composed the music for the commercial campaigns of El Corte Inglés for five consecutive years and won several awards.

He also wrote and composed the advertising music for campaigns from major brands such as Nescafé, Renault, Seat Ibiza, Peugeot, Cepsa, Seat Málaga, Mercedes… and for further toys and food advertisements, radio spots, advertising companies and various brands.

 

AWARDS, PRIZES AND DISTINCTIONS

Luis Cobos has won several awards in Spain, United States, China, Germany, Belgium, Argentina, Mexico, Romania, Hungary, Austria, United Kingdom…

 

  • Ampex Golden Award (USA)
    This prize is one of the most important awards for the quality and sales of music works in the world. Luis Cobos was the first Spanish performer to be awarded this prize.
  • BOCACCIO MUSIC AWARD (Italy).

 

  • Luis Cobos was awarded the Rathausmann in 1987 (symbol of the city of Vienna awarded each year) by the Mayor and Governor of Vienna Dr. Helmut Zilk. During this protocol ceremony, celebrated at the Wiener Rathaus and Parlament, the Mayor presented the record “Vienna Concerto” by Luis Cobos to the press, media and invited guests. Then, he awarded Luis Cobos the Triple Platinum Record award after his album “Vienna Concerto”, recorded at the Konzerthaus Theatre in Viena with The Vienna Symphony Orchestra (Wiener Concertverein), had sold over 300000 copies on the first day of its public presentation. Later, in 1991 Luis Cobos was invited by the Mayor of Vienna to attend the Vienna Opera Ball together with Plácido Domingo and José Carreras.
  • Favorite Son of Campo de Criptana
  • Key to the city of Durango – Mexico
  • Key to the city of Gómez Palacio – Mexico
  • Symbol of Ciudad Juarez
  • Rathausmann, symbol of the city of Vienna
  • Distinguished Guest of the city of Asuncion – Paraguay
  • Distinguished Guest of the city of Chihuahua – Mexico
  • Distinguished Guest of the city of Cuernavaca – Mexico
  • Distinguished Guest of the city of Jiutepec – Mexico
  • National Tribute in Mexico
  • Tribute in San Miguel Allende – Mexico
  • Circuito Maestro Luis Cobos – street named after Luis Cobos in Guadalajara – Mexico
  • Street named after Luis Cobos in La Solana – Ciudad Real
  • Street named after Luis Cobos in Baeza
  • Universal Excellence Award (awarded by the Universal Excellence Committee, comprised by representatives from USA, FRANCE, UNITED KINGDOM, SPAIN, MEXICO and ARGENTINA).
  • El Pais Award 1980 – Best Musician of the Year
  • Antena de Oro Award 2012
  • Award of the University of Gaden Shartse – Karnataka – India
  • Prize awarded to Luis Cobos by all Spanish symphony orchestras and AMPOS (association of Spanish professional orchestra musicians) for his work in helping performers, promoting orchestras and supporting symphonic music in Spain.
  • Prize awarded to Luis Cobos by the Symphony Orchestra of Barcelona for his effort and work in supporting performers and symphonic music.
  • “Sirenita de Oro” Award at the Festival of Benidorm.
  • UNICEF International Medal of Honor.
  • Award of the Shanghai University of Political Science and Law – China
  • Award of the Beijing Intellectual Property Community – China
  • Special Prize awarded to Luis Cobos by the Honorable Congress of the Union of Mexican States for his work in promoting and disseminating Mexican music around the world.

On 22 December 2000, the Congress of Mexico held an extraordinary session for the purpose of recognizing and thanking Luis Cobos for the promotion and dissemination of Mexican music around the world. There is a Congressional Record on this extraordinary session.

 

  • Commemorative plaque of Luis Cobos in Grutas de Cacahuamilpa (Mexico) for his concert “La última primavera del siglo” (The last spring of the century).
  • Prize awarded to Luis Cobos by the collective of Chilean performers for his work in defending and protecting the rights of performers all over the world.
  • Honorary Distinction of the Mexican Committee for Human Rights.

(Luis Cobos conducted the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra during the commemorative concert of the 15th anniversary of the Mexican Committee for Human Rights at the Ollin Yoliztli Theater).

 

  • Designation as Honorary Conductor of the Banda Primitiva of Lliria.
  • Designation as cultural ambassador to the world of the State of Durango (Mexico).
  • “Hidalgo de Honor de los Molinos” Award
  • “Premios Castellano-Manchegos en el mundo” Award (Awards for Castilian-Manchegan personalities).
  • Premio Naranja 2014 Award (awarded by Peña Periodística Primera Plana).
  • Honorary Conductor and Cultural Ambassador of Targu Mures – Romania
  • Award of the members, medal and insignia of the Banda Primitiva of Lliria.
  • Designation as Honorary President of the “Mano a Mano” annual concert in Buñol by the music bands “La Artística” and “La Lírica”.
  • Award of the City Council of Buñol – Valencia.
  • Latin Grammy Nominee
  • Several nominations for the Spanish Music Awards.
  • CARLOS ESPARRAGORZA First Class Award, the maximum distinction awarded by the collective of Venezuelan performers to Luis Cobos for his work in defending and protecting music and its performers.
  • President of the International Singing Competition of Colmenar Viejo.
  • Premio Quijote de la Música Award – Campo de Criptana.
  • Premio Chambra 2014 Award – Puertollano.
  • Premio Quijote 2000 Award – Ciudad Real.
  • Premio de los Académicos de Argamasilla Award.
  • Premio Cadena Ser Ciudad Real Award.
  • Premio Onda Cero Castilla-La Mancha Award.
  • Premio Castellano-Manchego Award.
  • Premio Corazón de Castilla-La Mancha Award.
  • Prize awarded to Luis Cobos by the City Council of Ciudad Real in recognition of his career.
  • Premio Corazón de La Mancha Award.
  • Asociación Mancha Verde Award.
  • Musical Ambassador of La Solana.
  • Juan Pedro Mayor Award in the Zarzuela Week of La Solana.
  • Honorary President of the Amigos de la Zarzuela Association in La Solana.
  • Award of the city of Acapulco – Mexico.
  • Award of the city of Culiacán – Sinaloa – Mexico.
  • Award of the city of Mazatlan – Mexico.
  • Honorary Patron of the Rafael Banquels Association of Mexico as a supporter and promoter of Mexican cinema pioneers.
  • Silver medal of the ANDI Association and the collective of Mexican performers.
  • Award of the Mexican Music Workers Union.
  • Award and honorary necklace of the Otomi indigenous people of Mexico.
  • Award and honorary drum of the Tarahumara indigenous people of Mexico.
  • Award and canvas of the God of Music dedicated to Luis Cobos by the Huichol indigenous people of Mexico.
  • Award and honorary tapestry of Coahuila – Mexico.
  • Award and honorary necklace of the Amuzga indigenous people of Mexico.

 

(Luis Cobos donated 10.000 dollars, a portion of the proceeds of his concert “La última Primavera del Siglo” in Grutas de Cacahuamilpa, State of Guerrero, Mexico, to this indigenous people for the building of a new House of the Crafts and the emancipation of the community).

 

  • Distinguished Guest of the city of Jiutepec – Morelos – Mexico.
  • Award of the city of Guadalajara – Mexico.
  • Award of Las Cañadas – Guadalajara – Mexico.
  • Ambassador to Europe of the National Crusade Against Hunger – Mexico.
  • Distinguished Guest and special award of the city of Monterrey – Mexico.
  • Award of the State Government of Mexico.
  • Award of the State of Nuevo León – Mexico.
  • Award and painting of the city of Durango – Mexico.
  • Distinguished Guest and Honorary Conductor of Tlayacapan – Mexico.
  • Award of the people of Xochistlahuaca – Guerrero – Mexico.
  • Honorable Mention awarded by WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) and the Chinese Government to Luis Cobos at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, conducting The Beijing Symphony Orchestra.
  • Parque Municipal “Luis Cobos” (park named after the conductor) and statue in Campo de Criptana – Ciudad Real.
  • Madrid Community Culture Award.

 

After all, the most precious trophy for Luis Cobos is his eagerness for music, his desire to work and his willingness to cooperate, collaborate and fight for music and for the freedom of arts.

Governing Bodies

AIE is managed by the following Governing Bodies:

Executive Committee

It is the governing body in charge of the management and administration carried out by AIE. The Board of Directors consists of 30 members (President, three Vice Presidents, Secretary and 25 Board Members), all of them performers or executants and active members of the Entity. The President of the Board of Directors is Luis Cobos.

President

Luis Cobos

Vice Presidents

Luz Casal


Luis Mendo

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Nacho García Vega

Secretary
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Pepe Sánchez

Board Members
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Javier Cubedo


María Toledo


Carlos Goñi

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Pasión Vega


Blas Cantó


Gerardo Núñez


Alba Carmona

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Juan Luis Calceteiro


Montserrat Pratdesaba

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Javier Campillo

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Mónica Moss

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Antoni Mas

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Laura Simó


José Luis Nieto

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Salvador Barberá


Xacobe Martínez

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Enrique Perdomo

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Montserrat Teruel

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David Morales

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Claudio Ianni

Permanent Committee

Its main task is to ensure the continued good administration and management of the Entity. This governing body, which has executive power, consists of the President of the Entity and six other Board Members of the Board of Directors.

   

Comisión permanente

Presidente Luis Cobos

  • Juan Luis Calceteiro
  • Luz Casal
  • Luis Mendo
  • Nacho García Vega
  • Pepe Sánchez
  • Director general José Luis Sevillano
  • Laura Simó
  • Javier Campillo
 
General Secretariat

Its core activity is the preservation and safeguard of corporate documents. The General Secretariat has the faculty to certify all kinds of corporate acts and agreements.

Working Committees

Comisión de reparto

  • Javier Cubedo
  • Salvador Barberá
  • Juan Luis Calceteiro
  • Carlos Goñi
  • Claudio Ianni
  • David Morales
  • José Luis Nieto
  • Gerardo Núñez
  • Laura Simó

Comisión de fondo asistencial y cultural

Responsable Luis Mendo

  • Javier Campillo
  • Alba Carmona
  • Nacho Gª Vega
  • Antoni Mas
  • María Toledo
  • Xacobe Martínez
  • Mónica Moss
  • Montserrat Teruel
  • Pasión Vega

Comisión de admisión y calificación de socios

Responsable Pepe Sánchez

  • Cantó, Blas
  • Cubedo, Javier
  • Mendo, Luis
  • Nieto, José Luis
  • Perdomo, Kike
  • Pratdesaba, Montse

Organigram

Organigram

  • Presidente
    • Internacional
    • Comunicación
    • Fondo
      asistencial
      y cultural
    • Director general
      Responsabilidad social
      corporativa
      • Secretaría general
      • Calidad
      • Operaciones
        • Área
          socios
        • Área
          reparto
        • Agente
          internacional
        • Área
          sistemas
        • Área
          desarrollo
      • Administrativo
        Financiero
        • Administración
        • Servicios
          generales
      • Recaudación
        nacional
        • Desarrollo
          de negocio
        • Dirección
          estratégica
          de recaudación
      • Asesoría
        jurídica
        • Área
          nacional
        • Área
          internacional
    • Consejo de
      administración
      • Comisión
        permanente
        • Comisión
          reparto de
          derechos
        • Comisión admisión
          y calificación
          de socios
        • Comisión
          fondo asistencial
          y cultural
        • Comisión
          formación /
          eventos

Managing Director

José Luis Sevillano Romero

National Collection

  • Business Development

Pedro Gómez Guirao

Director

  • Collection Strategy Direction

Álvaro Hernández-Pinzón

Director

Legal Department

Álvaro Hernández-Pinzón

Director

Paloma López Peláez

International Area Director

Pedro Rivas Prieto

Lawyer

Elena Barroso Martín

Lawyer

Greta Seitl Bengoa
Verónica Pérez Aganzo

Admin-Finance Department

Rocío Navarro del Águila

Finance Director

  • Administration

Ana Mª Campillo López

Area Director

Raquel Arenas Ruz
Esther Mínguez Tejeiro
Javier Rodríguez Rascón
Ana Díaz Escribano
Mª Ángeles Jemes del Saz

  • General Services

Pilar Melendo Maeso
Pedro Tera Martínez
Alfredo Pérez Sánchez-Mayoral
Verónica García García

Operations

Carlos Pastor Pastor

Director

  • Membership Department

Fernando Prados Velasco

Area Director

Núria Rojas Cuenca

AIE’s Delegations Coordinator

Bienvenida García Coronel
Julia Roque Páez
Paloma Hormigos Mera
Eva Rubalcaba Blanco
María Muñoz Madroñal  (Sevilla)
Brezo González García  (Sevilla)
Carmen Cespón Otero  (Barcelona)
Aida Capell Amado (Barcelona)
Marta Villarrubia Díaz
Noelia Salas Muñiz

  • Distribution Department

Olga Madera Lastra

Area Director

Ana Vázquez Romero
Aleida Nuñez López
Esperanza Martín Escudero
Susana Román Sánchez
Purificación Molinero Solas
Julia Moya Fuentes
Mila Lasa García
Asunción Tamayo Gallego
Ana Chenoll Alfaro
Susana López Cervilla
Rosa González Arroyo
Óscar Cortés Medina

  • International Agent

Pilar Rodríguez Lama
Núria Rojas Cuenca

  • Systems Department

Iván Prados Velasco
Raúl Muñoz Ruiz

  • Development Department

Enrique Godino Esquivias

Corporate Social Responsibility

Carmen Roque Páez

Director

  • General Secretariat

Patricia Pérez Ayuso

  • Quality Control / Human Resources

Cecilia Cantero Ruiz
Irene Alonso Espinosa
Idoia García Fernández

Presidency, International Affairs & Communication Areas

María José Rubio Expósito

Director

Diego Castaño Moreira
Sumika Matsumoto Miho
Silvia Pérez Pérez
Ignacio Olalla Jaime
Daniela González Clavijo

Assistance & Cultural Fund Department

Lourdes Estrada Muñoz
Gema Sánchez Torres
Beatriz González Román
Tatiana Romero García
Lorena Quereda Ruiz
Desireé Rodríguez Medina (Sevilla)