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What are Collection Societies

Music Collection Societies are organizations that were created to ensure that artists, songwriters, and other rights holders who create music get compensated for the use of their works. They collect royalties from individuals and businesses that play music in public or broadcast it on radio or television. They then distribute these royalties to their members, who can be composers, songwriters, performers, and publishers. Music Collection Societies also work to protect copyright by monitoring and preventing unauthorized use of protected works.

What are the different types of music collection societies?

The most common type of music collection societies are Performance Rights Organizations (PROs), which collect royalties from public performances, radio airplay or TV broadcasts. There are also Mechanical Rights Organizations (MROs), which collect royalties on behalf of songwriters and publishers when a copyrighted recording is reproduced; Neighboring Rights Societies (NRSs) that represent performers when their recordings are used without their permission; And Digital Rights Management (DRM) organizations, which protect content online by monitoring and enforcing digital rights in digital formats like streaming services, downloads, etc.

Why Should a Musician Join a Collection Society?

  • Musicians can receive royalties for the use of their works, including radio and television broadcasts.
  • Music Collection Societies help protect copyrights and monitor unauthorized uses of protected works.
  • Membership allows artists to access a larger network of support, such as legal advice and industry contacts.
  • Joining is simple and fast – just fill out an application form or contact a local office for more information.
  • Being part of a Collection Society makes sure that you are fairly compensated for your work.

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