The founders


ZAiKS was formed in 1918 to bring together composers, poets, dramatists, translators, screenwriters, lyricists and choreographers, to name just a few categories. The main goals of the Society of Authors ZAiKS are management of authors’ rights, granting licenses on their behalf, collecting money due them, and pursuing any claims of rights’ infringement. ZAiKS also assists many of the activities of the Polish authors, giving prizes in competitions, running Authors’ Retreat Houses, and offering the artists much needed social assistance.

The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage
Creative Sectors - it’s the first Polish program addressing the creative sectors, for example the audiovisual one (film, television, video games and multimedia), festivals, performances, visual arts or music. Initiated by the Secretary of State for Culture and National Heritage, its first budget is nearly 5,2m PLN. The goal is the development of the Polish creative and cultural sectors, which includes raising up the level of competitiveness within the EU and beyond. Therefore the support for the music export.

The strategic partner


STOART is the largest Polish collective management organisation in charge of protecting rights for artistic performances of music and words-and-music pieces. We protect the rights of over 500,000 Polish and foreign artists.

STOART has been protecting artists' rights for over 20 years. The royalties for artists are collected on the basis of licences signed with users of artistic performances, e.g. broadcasters (radio, TV, digital multiplexes) or those performing them in public spaces such as clubs, discos, shopping malls, restaurants, pubs, hotels, etc. - basically everywhere where playing music is an integral part of business. In order to collect due royalties, STOART created a network of regional offices all over Poland. 


The formal bodies of the Foundation

The Foundation Board:

  1. Tamara Kamińska - Member of the Board
  2. Marek Hojda - Member of the Board

The Council of the Foundation:

  1. Miłosz Bembinow  - Chairman of the Foundation Council
  2. Tomek Lipiński - Deputy Chairman of the Foundation Council
  3. Paweł Michalik - Secretary of the Foundation Council
  4. Beata Ejzenhart-Ismayilov - Member of the Foundation Council
  5. Ferid Lakhdar - Member of the Foundation Council
  6. Łukasz Gorczyca - Member of the Foundation Council


Music Export Poland Ambassadors

Stephen Klus

Stephen Klus is the President of EUCCAN (European Union Chamber of Commerce in Canada), serves on the executive committee and the board of directors for EUCCAN, and is the Senior Vice President of The Canada-Poland Chamber of Commerce of Toronto. A licensed commercial investment practitioner, he also works with property sales, leasing and investment opportunities both locally and internationally and is actively involved in bridging Canadian and EU trade interests and markets. Stephen has an extensive background as an executive in the field of media, entertainment and event promotion, working with such international companies as Warner Bros., Polygram, Universal, A&M, Island and Motown. Stephen has worked closely and independently with promotion of European artists in North American markets as well as North American artists in Europe. Amongst various digital media projects, Stephen has created and developed marketing and sales initiatives with POS/digital screen out-of- home messaging systems, coupon and loyalty programs. In addition; content development utilizing user-generated content and social networking mediums.