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PERFORMER NEIGHBOURING RIGHTS

For Featured & Non-Featured Recording Artists/Musicians

These are the ancillary, non-assignable and non-waivable rights to equitable remuneration that recording artists and musicians hold with regards to their recorded performances within recording copyrights. In most jurisdictions, to varying extents, when a recording is broadcast on TV and radio, performed publicly, used in various new non-interactive online media and even when blank medias and consumer replication & playback equipment is manufactured and sold, licenses are required and royalties paid to ‘performers’ (eg. the recording artist, and other musicians) who made an audible contribution to that sound recording. The distribution of these fees are almost exclusively managed by collective rights management organisations (”collection societies”) either a part of or separate from those organisations serving recording rights holders.

Often an untapped revenue stream by many rights holders, our collections infrastructure, experience and extensive collection society policy and procedure knowledge enable us to deliver extremely comprehensive royalty recoveries and maximised distributions, both retrospectively and into the future.

We are specialists in the management of these rights and have been so long before the relatively recent awareness in the industry. Offering a level of administration that simply cannot be accomplished via reciprocal society distribution networks, we regularly uncover incomes and prevent revenues from being lost, that others overlook.

GLOBAL COVERAGE

We Utilise Direct And Reciprocal Rights Organisation Relationships To Provide Global Coverage

Different performers have different needs. We administer our performers’ rights through a vast network of direct and reciprocal arrangements, tailored to their specific circumstances and activity of their repertoire around the world.

Many performers rights organisations are poorly managed, antiquated organisations with flawed legacy IT systems and wildly different convoluted business and distributions rules. We know how each works.

COMPREHENSIVE ADMINISTRATION

Performer Rights Administration Is Complex

Those who believe it to be simple could allow a considerable proportion of potential revenues to go unpaid. We navigate the labyrinth of vastly different and convoluted rights organisation policies, procedures rules and systems around the world. Our boutique service for select clients only allows for the time and attention to detail needed to ensure revenues are maximised to the full extent technically and economically possible.

ADVANCED REPERTOIRE & CLAIMS MANAGEMENT

Complete Repertoire Data

We source and ingest authoritative metadata for all commercially released repertoire, either as specifically notified by the client or released under known aliases and group performing artist names.
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Audit Registrations

We investigate and audit rights organisation recording registration and performer line-ups to uncover copyright and distribution issues, even dealing with recording registration data and non-compliance issues with recording right holders where relevant.

Claims & Tracking

We submit, track, and monitor claims,recording registration and revenue movements across multiple rights organisations.

Playlist & Registration Matching

We use sophisticated computer software to intelligently match poorly reported recordings that rights organisations cannot match.

UNLOCK RESERVED SHARES

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INCOMPLETE RECORDING PERFORMER DETAILS

Often performer’s rights organisations automatically reserve royalty allocations on a recording for additional potential performer claims and will not payout all the royalties due on a recording until they know there are no other additional performers to be paid.

In many cases, unless the details of all performers on a recording are registered, significant proportions of income will be lost. This is most relevant for featured performers, especially soloist and electronic recording artists.

The completion process is rarely initiated by rights organisations themselves and it is overlooked by most agents too. We operate under completely bespoke arrangements with some collection societies in order to comprehensively administer line-up data.

Incomes released by us this way alone often ensure our commission charges pay for themselves several-fold.

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FEATURED ARTIST DEFAULT PAYOUT OFTEN AS LOW AS ≈ 40%

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RESERVED SHARES

  • 60%
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DETAILS REGISTERED

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FULL ROYALTY ALLOCATION

  • 100%

TIME SENSITIVE CLAIMS

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Limitations Periods

Peformer’s rights organisations don’t hold unclaimed royalties forever. Limitations periods vary hugely from one territory to another, from 15 years to just 1 year – most commonly 3 years.

Prioritised Claims

We know where to look to recover historic incomes and when to act fast to prevent revenues from being lost.

FAST & DETAILED ACCOUNTING

Quarterly Accounting

We render statements of income received on a quarterly basis, 60 days from the end of each calendar quarter.

Comprehensive Consolidated Statements

No unintelligible source statements in foreign languages – we provide one consolidated statement with income reported at payor & source territory, and recording level and with full usage type and usage source drill down wherever possible as well as witholding and sales taxes – we’re one of the only entities doing this in the industry.

Online Portal

Online royalty statement analytics portal – Launching 2017
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COMPETETIVE CONTRACTUAL TERMS

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Short Contract Terms

No long tie in – our clients remain with us because they wish to, not because the have to.

Territory Specific Deals & Territory Exclusions

Already receiving most of your domestic income from your local society? No problem, we’ll concentrate on the foreign territories that need work.

Low Commissions

Competitive commission charges.