Benjamin Feyen is an EU cultural policy expert based in Brussels. He manages the Cultural Creators Friendship Group (CCFG), a cross-partisan coalition in the European Parliament, consisting of currently 25 individual Members of the European Parliament (MEP) from 6 different political groups and 14 different countries. The CCFG aims at improving the European cultural ecosystem with a focus on the Cultural and Creative Sectors (CCS) and especially on the situation and conditions of creators of cultural works, i.e. authors, performers and artists. Benjamin Feyen has two decades of experience in politics and is a passionate songwriter and music producer. For the last seven years, he has been working in EU affairs in Brussels, including for three MEPs. Until 2021, he was Head of Office and Cultural Policy Advisor to German MEP Niklas Nienass of the Greens. In this position, Benjamin was involved in the negotiations of the EU's new Creative Europe programme 2021-2027 and a number of political resolutions relevant to the music sector. For many years, he has been speaker at music conferences across Europe.