There is some good news for Jamaican producers and performers facing financial hardship caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Local performance rights organisation JAMMS (Jamaica Music Society) has announced a closer collaboration with a similar organisation in the United Kingdom (UK), the Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL), which will widen the footprint of global royalty collections for Jamaican producers and performers, where their recorded music is played internationally.
Both JAMMS and PPL collect revenues for the use of recorded music on radio, television, and in public places, such as restaurants, clubs, bars, retail stores, hotels, and other venues. Each organisation does this in its own country and overseas through a network of international agreements.
The new partnership will see PPL collect international revenues for JAMMS’ members across all the major music markets and a wide array of territories such as Australia, South Korea, South Africa, and India. Although JAMMS has direct agreements with counterparts in some countries, the addition of PPL’s network of more than 100 international agreements with other Performance Rights Organisations (PROs) will support the further growth of JAMMS’ international collections on behalf of more than 1,400 established producers and performers.
The partnership is already seeing money flow back to the Jamaican industry from around the world. The expanded partnership took effect in 2020, and dozens of JAMMS members have already been benefiting.
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