The Music Managers Discussion board (MMF) and Featured Artists Coalition (FAC) are protesting a proposed new tariff for live-streamed concert events.
The 2 associations have written a letter to PRS for Music, the UK efficiency rights organisation, criticising the tariff as “unworkable” and punitive to artists.
The letter, which can be read here, is countersigned by greater than 50 artist managers, together with representatives for Liam Gallagher, Dua Lipa, Biffy Clyro, Fontaines DC, Gorillaz and Yungblud, in addition to a gaggle of FAC member artists and songwriters.
PRS has described the proposed livestream tariff as a “short-term experimental and non-precedential price construction”, and in response to IQ, it has been devised with none business session.
A payment of as much as 17% of gross ticket gross sales could be levied on live-streamed occasions, and could be utilized retrospectively to occasions which have already occurred.
The bottom royalty price would see 8% utilized to digital concert events that gross beneath £50,000, which is double the 4% usually charged on a bodily live performance beneath the prevailing tariff ‘LP’.
The best royalty price would see any on-line live performance grossing over £450,000 charged 17%.
Finneas and Billie Eilish carry out ‘My Future’ doing the ‘The place Do We Go?’ livestream CREDIT: Billie Eilish
In different elements of Europe, the Netherlands’ Buma has a 7% tariff for livestreams, whereas Germany’s Gema licenses livestreams beneath its present VR-OD 10 tariff, which is charged at a flat price as much as a most of €1,200.
The MMF/FAC letter, addressed to PRS for Music chief government Andrea Martin, mentioned that whereas the associations settle for that songwriters have to be compensated pretty to be used of their work in dwell streams, the 8–17% price will make live-streaming financially “unviable, for each the smallest rising artists and the most important celebrity acts.”
“The bigger, most-successful occasions contain important manufacturing prices, and have offered a lifeline to crew and different business employees,” MMF’s Annabella Coldrick and FAC’s David Martin wrote. “On the different finish of the dimensions, livestreaming has been more and more essential for rising artists and people working in area of interest genres. For the sake of all artists, songwriters and the broader business, it’s essential that this new format is allowed to develop and thrive.
“Charging artists as much as 4 occasions the dwell [LP] price strangles, moderately than nurtures, this innovation. For a few of the smaller artists who’ve simply lined their prices livestreaming, will probably be unimaginable to search out this extra cash retrospectively.”
Liam Gallagher throughout his ‘Down By The River Thames’ livestream occasion. CREDIT: Press
A PRS for Music spokesperson has since responded to the letter: “PRS For Music members, alongside many others throughout our sector, have been very badly impacted by the shutdown of dwell music this yr. We welcome the numerous initiatives to maneuver dwell concert events on-line and PRS For Music has designed an internet dwell live performance licence, which is able to permit the required rights to be licensed.
“The proposed pilot licence scheme continues to be evolving. As conversations with our companions are energetic and ongoing, it could not be proper for us to offer additional element or remark at this stage whereas we await their evaluation and suggestions.
“After all, our major function is to guard our members’ rights and to make sure they’re paid pretty for his or her work, which is extra essential than ever now. We hope that these dialog will progress shortly.”
In response to the MMF and FAC, PRS has up to now declined to enter into session concerning the proposed tariff, and that’s why they’ve determined to make their place public.
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