PPL: driving global collections forward through collaboration

PPL has a market-leading international collections business with 90 agreements in place around the world, helping members to maximise their revenue when their repertoire is played overseas.

This area of PPL’s business collects monies overseas for the playing or broadcast of recorded music in public, on TV, radio, some online streaming services, as well as for private copying.

These international collections are an important revenue stream for both performers and recording rightsholders. PPL now receives over a third of all performer neighbouring rights payments moving between collective management organisations (CMOs) globally. 

Building relationships and meeting with our colleagues at international CMOs form a key part of the International team’s work – it helps to strengthen collaborative working processes. Here is an overview of the key meetings that PPL’s Director of International, Laurence Oxenbury, and Head of International, Amanda Carmichael, had in Q2 2018.

15 May - SCAPR General Assembly, Paris

SCAPR is the not-for-profit umbrella organisation representing performer CMOs all over the world.  Operating as an international platform for the development of the practical cooperation between CMOs, SCAPR strives to improve the exchange of data and performers' rights payments across borders.  As an organisation, it represents 62 CMOs from 45 countries and its primary aim is to improve the efficiency of management of rights and the conclusion of bilateral agreements.  Earlier in 2018, PPL Chief Executive Officer, Peter Leathem, was elected to the SCAPR board. 

Each year SCAPR holds a General Assembly for all of its members to discuss the activities and priorities of SCAPR and share information on issues and activities related to improving international co-operation for the benefit of collective management of performers’ rights.  John Smith (PPL Chairman), Peter Leathem, Laurence Oxenbury and Amanda Carmichael all attended this year on PPL’s behalf.

12 June  - SENA, Hilversum

Head of International Amanda Carmichael and International Territories Manager Max Ward met with SENA in Hilversum on 12 June. SENA is a performers’ and recordings rightsholders’ collective management organisation (CMO) in the Netherlands who collect for public performance, broadcasting, simulcasting, digital non-interactive services and cable retransmission.

In 2016 SENA collected more than €67.4 million overall. SENA makes quarterly payments to PPL and there is continuous activity to ensure that these payments are maximised.  So far in 2018, there has been a particular focus on further analysing payments and ensuring that the claims PPL has made to SENA are accurately processed and paid.  PPL visited SENA in May 2018 to discuss the key focus areas for the remainder of 2018 and to ensure continued accurate payments.

13 June - UK Korea Creative Industries Forum, London

Korea is a growing market for performance rights collections, with PPL performer members seeing consistent increases in revenue from Korea.  However, the market suffers from significant exceptions to the public performance rights and low tariffs in both public performance and broadcasting.  The UK Korea Creative Industries Forum provided the opportunity for UK and Korean music businesses to discuss their intellectual property related challenges and make these points, which were well received by the Korean government. 

The Korean music industry delegation emphasised the need for improved rights in Asian export markets, particularly China, and urged the Korean and UK governments to work together to secure this.

17 June  - IFPI China Briefing, London

PPL met with over 25 other organisations to discuss various issues and opportunities for the market in China.  One of the areas identified by PPL was the lack of performer rights for sound recording rights. 

21 June –  Gramo, Oslo

In June, Director of International Laurence Oxenbury and International Operations Partner Alistair McKay visited Gramo in Oslo.  Gramo are currently implementing a new distribution system which was the focus of conversation, as well as further developing the relationship between our two societies.  Gramo was established in 1989 and is Norway’s equivalent of PPL, collecting for performers and recording rightsholders. 

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