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JACAP Pays In Excess Of $320 Million To Music Creators Locally, Abroad

The Jamaica Association of Composers, Authors and Publishers (JACAP) is urging creative persons, especially artistes and songwriters, to become members of societies that can help them collect earnings from their work.

In an interview with The Sunday Gleaner recently, Lydia Rose, general manager of JACAP, revealed that the organisation has a system set up that allows them to know exactly which individual's music is being played at the different events, allowing them to work out how much money is to be paid over to the respective artistes.

"Sound system operators have a system that they use called Serato, which stores the playlist that they used, and we would ask them for that after the event," she said, explaining that JACAP also uses the Serato system. She then went on to explain that playlists from radio stations are also used to aid in the organisation's analysis of music played at different events.

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JACAP Cries Foul - Association Claims Non-Compliant Organisations Witholding Royalties

The Jamaica Association of Composers, Authors and Publishers Limited (JACAP) has indicated that it collected just $94.6 million in royalties for 2015 due to non-compliance from broadcasters and cable entities.

Making the disclosure during a forum staged by JACAP at the Knutsford Court Hotel in St Andrew on Wednesday, the association said that figure amounted to less than half of what was due.

JACAP is a non-profit collective ,management organisation copyright society which administrates the public performance, synchronisation and mechanical reproduction rights of lyricists (authors), music composers and music publishers in Jamaica (primary rights holders).

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Tarrus Riley tops royalty earnings for 2015

Singer Tarrus Riley was the top earner for 2015, according to the Jamaica Association of Composers Authors and Publishers (JACAP).

The member-owned, not-for-profit organisation made up of music creators (composers and authors) and publishers is responsible for collecting fees and distributing royalties and all other monies to its members.

Based on their collections for the year 2015, Mr Singy Singy came out on top.

The announcement was made at the 2016 Open Mic Forum put on by JACAP under the theme 'Understanding the Rights and Benefits of Copyright'.

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Foreign music dominates Jamaican airwaves

Foreigners have been collecting the bulk of royalties paid over by local radio stations for playing music. This is according to Jamaica Association of Composers, Authors and Publishers Limited (JACAP).

The entity's general manager Lydia Rose said JACAP collected $94.6 million in royalties in 2015.

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