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Belgian authors' society SABAM has reported a flat year for collections, with gains in public performance and broadcasting unable to offset collection decreases elsewhere.


  • All the main public performance income streams, except for cinema, registered growth last year. Although overall broadcasting collections were up, the different broadcast sectors experienced differing performances.
  • Digital collections were lower year on year, with a sharp drop in royalties from downloads and simulcasting wiping out the growth in earnings from streaming.

Features and Benefits

  • The research note details Belgian authors' and publishers' rights collections from music use in 2016.
  • The note assesses which revenue streams were the most valuable for SABAM members last year.

Key questions answered

  • What is the biggest source of royalties for Belgian authors and music publishers?
  • Why are digital collections in Belgium falling when digital music use in the country is rising?

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  • Summary
  • Flat year for royalty collections in Belgium
  • Return to growth for broadcasting
  • Digital sector continues to disappoint


  • Author

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