Levelling the playing field for independent music companies and their artists across Europe
With the increase in live streams during pandemic restrictions, European festivals and concert venues turning to streaming, and moves by some operators to acquire more rights, guidance was requested by IMPALA members.
We released the following for our members:
a one pager summarising the issues
achecklist of what to look out for in live streaming agreements
We organised a webinar on this topic on 21st July 2020, in collaboration with AIM.
The main points to note from the guidance are:
Labels should work together with artists and streaming services and negotiate the rights involved.
Festivals and promoters are extending their requests – the rights asked for are usually outside artist’s approval.
When reviewing what use to agree to, labels should consider their overal plans with the artist.
Repertoire should be registered with ISRCs etc when creating new masters (pre-records and for post-live stream use if you decide to agree to that).
This is a developing landscape, so members should feel free to contribute to this guidance.
Licensing solutions (collective or otherwise) may evolve, so its important to keep up to date.
The checklist should help when negotiating agreements.
The service also needs to be licensed for publishing rights.
We have also recorded a podcast episode on this topic with Gee Davy from AIM – listen to it here.