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Performance rights distributions broke new records in 2014 with total payments rising to their highest levels and distributions to performers topping $1bn for the first time.


  • Often seen as the poor relation to authors’ rights, combined global payments to producers and performers exceeded $2.4bn and accounted for just under 15% of global recorded music industry revenue.

Features and Benefits

  • The research note details the world of performance rights in 2014 and measures the performance of the sector against other music industry sectors.
  • The research note explains what performance rights are and how they differ from authors' and publishers' rights.

Key questions answered

  • What effect has the growth of SoundExchange had on the global performance rights sector?
  • Just how important has the performance rights sector become for the recorded music industry?

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  • Summary
  • Performance rights lead the recorded music charge
  • SoundExchange continues to increase its global performance rights dominance
  • PPL remains the European leader
  • Mixed results for French performance rights
  • Private copying boosts GVL income but dents AIE collections
  • Mixed results in Asia Pacific and Latin America


  • Author

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