Global live royalties up 8.5% YoY in 2015

Global royalty payments for public performance rights grew 9.1% to €6.8 billion last year, accounting for 78.8% of all collections, Cisac’s 2016 annual report has revealed.

As in 2014, TV and radio made up the biggest chunk of those collections, with over half (53.7%) of all performing rights-royalties generated from traditional broadcast, although live had another strong year, growing 8.5% to maintain its position as the second-largest source in revenue in music.

The biggest growth for live and ‘background’ music (such at that played in nightclubs, bars restaurants) was in Africa (33.2% on a fixed-currency basis) and Latin America (20.2%).

Total royalty collections for all sectors in 2015 totalled more than €8.6bn, up 8.9% from 2014.

Source: www.iq-mag.net

Touring the U.S. Just Got More Expensive for Foreign Bands

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced a series of fee increases for immigration applications and petitions. One of those increases applies to petitions for nonimmigrant workers, which are required for musicians, artists, actors, athletes, and others who travel to the United States to work. On December 23, the fee for Form I-129, the Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, will go from $325 USD per act to $460 USD per act, a 42% increase. An artist’s crew (tour managers, roadies, etc) must also pay a separate fee of the same amount. 

Source: pitchfork.com

Proper Music Group strikes new deals with Believe and Glitterbeat 

UK-based independent distributor, Proper Music Group, has extended its deal with Believe as it increasingly acts as a European hub.

The company has also signed a new distribution deal with world music experts Glitterbeat Records.

Alongside handling Believe’s physical sales and distribution in the UK, Proper will now provide storage for finished goods in its London warehouse, for shipping to Europe as needed.

Believe’s roster includes James Vincent McMorrow, UNFD, and Greco-Roman.

Proper has also inked a new direct sales and distribution deal with respected world music specialist Glitterbeat Records for the UK & Ireland.

Source: www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Festival Belluard Bollwerk International and Migros Culture Percentage (Switzerland) > Call for projects in unexpected places

All forms of artistic expression will be considered. The more interdisciplinary the better! An international jury will select the projects that will receive a production grant of between CHF 2.000 and CHF 12.000. These will then be produced within the framework of the Belluard Festival 2017 (22nd June to 1st July 2017) in Fribourg, Switzerland.

Applications shall be accepted from interdisciplinary artists and practitioners from other fields – citizens of Fribourg or the rest of the world, individuals or groups – submitting performative or installative projects or interventions within the formal frame.

Deadline: 11 December

Source: on-the-move.org