Peter Leathem, Chief Executive Officer of British music licensing collective management organization (CMO) PPL, has been re-elected to the Board of global trade body SCAPR for a second four-year term by the organization’s members at its General Assembly in Rome.
The election took place on Thursday June 2, 2022.
SCAPR (The Societies’ Council for the Collective Management of Performers) brings together CMOs which represent performers on a variety of mediums, including recorded music.
The organization currently represents 56 CMOs from 41 countries.
PPL revenues totalled £252.8 million ($347.7m) in 2021, and, in the same year, money was paid out at least once to 147,000 performers and recording rightsholders.
It has a network of 105 agreements with CMOs around the world.
The SCAPR Board oversees and guides the organization in its work developing strategies and administrative systems that support the effective collection and distribution of payments to performers, including neighboring rights revenues paid to performers (for example, featured performers and session musicians) on recorded music.
In 2020, SCAPR members collected €776.5 million.
“I am incredibly pleased to be elected by performer collective management organizations from around the world to continue representing them on the Board of SCAPR and thank my global colleagues for their continued support.”
Peter Leathem, PPL and SCAPR
Peter Leathem, Chief Executive Officer at PPL and SCAPR Board member, said: “I am incredibly pleased to be elected by performer collective management organizations from around the world to continue representing them on the Board of SCAPR and thank my global colleagues for their continued support.
“PPL is a collaborative organization and strongly believes in the importance of the collective management of performers rights.
“Through collaboration, we can ensure that performers’ rights are respected globally and build tools and systems to deliver money more quickly and efficiently to performers – no matter where their performances are exploited – which is the principal aim of SCAPR.”
SCAPR manages the only global database of performer line-up and sound recording usage information in the Virtual Recording Database (VRDB). VRDB, a system to which PPL says it “contributes significant efforts”.
It also facilitates societies matching their reported usage to this data and downloading it for use in their local distribution process.
VRDB currently holds details on 8.6 million sound recordings and audio-visual works.
In addition, SCAPR collaborates with various international organizations to develop performers’ rights and their administration globally.
For example, SCAPR is on the advisory board of WIPO for Creators, an open public–private partnership launched by the World Intellectual Property Office and the Music Rights Awareness Foundation to raise awareness and increase knowledge of creators’ rights and related management practices.
Also re-elected to the Board was Tilo Gerlach of Germany’s GVL and Agnieszka Parzuchowska-Janczarska of Poland’s STOART, while Roberto Mello of Brazil’s ABRAMUS was elected.
Board member and Chairman of SCAPR Eanna Casey, from Irish society RAAP, stood down and José Luis Sevillano of Spain’s AIE was appointed as the new Chairman.Music Business Worldwide