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Performance-rights distributions to record companies (producers) and performers registered another record-breaking year in 2017, with total payments rising to their highest levels. Producers' and performers' rights have become an important source of income in recent years, given the long demise of recorded-music trade revenue.


  • The biggest factor in the rise in performance-rights collections over the last 10 years or so has been SoundExchange. Despite US copyright legislation having no provision for terrestrial AM/FM radio broadcasters to pay performance rights, SoundExchange has been the largest generator of performance-rights earnings for producers and performers since 2010.

Features and Benefits

  • Assesses global performance-rights distributions to producers and performers in 2017.
  • Details distributions at a global, regional, and national level.

Key questions answered

  • By how much did global performance-rights distributions rise in 2017?
  • Which of the leading performance-rights collections organizations registered the biggest rise in distributions in 2017?

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  • Summary
  • Annual review of global performance rights
  • Performance-rights distributions top previous record
  • Bounce-back for SoundExchange


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