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Belgian authors' society SABAM has reported its first rise in royalty collections since 2014 and the third annual rise in 10 years.


  • Gains in public performance, broadcasting, and digital more than offset the fall in phonomechanicals. Live music revenue was up thanks to new rates, although Belgian promoters won a case in April that will force SABAM to review its live performance tariffs.

Features and Benefits

  • Details the 2017 royalty collection figures published by Belgian authors' society SABAM.
  • Assesses collections by source and explains the reasons for the year-on-year changes.

Key questions answered

  • What is the biggest revenue generator for Belgian authors and publishers?
  • Why are digital collections for SABAM so low compared with similar societies in Europe?

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  • Summary
  • Royalty collections rise in Belgium
  • Steady year for public performance receipts
  • Resolution of SBS dispute boosts broadcast income


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