ECCO Appoints Agent in St Kitts & Nevis

Grace-Richardson_ECCO-ArticleThe Eastern Caribbean Collective Organization for Music Rights (ECCO) Inc is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Grace Richardson as ECCO Agent in St Kitts & Nevis with immediate effect.

As ECCO Agent, Richardson will handle the licensing of public use of music in St Kitts and Nevis; collection of music use data; and will also serve as the key point of contact for music users, advising them on effective music use.

Mr Steve Etienne, General Manager of ECCO says this appointment is important to the advancement of the music industry and protection of music rights in St Kitts. According to Etienne, ECCO aims to achieve a greater level of licensing of events, entities and venues were the works of local songwriters are more likely to be performed, thereby generating a higher level of returns for ECCO Members in St Kitts & Nevis.

“We believe our efforts can now be accelerated with someone on the ground who is within easy reach of music users,” Etienne adds. “It is essential for music users and the creative community to have a local face to connect and do business with. This is why were are pleased to have Ms Grace Richardson as ECCO Agent in St Kitts & Nevis.”

A music professional and Co-Owner/Manager of St Kitts-based Music Publishing Company ROOCOO, Richardson says she is excited at the opportunity to positively contribute towards the advancement of the music industry in St Kitts & Nevis.

“At this point in time it is very important that the visibility of ECCO be increased in St Kitts & Nevis,” Richardson offers. “Music creators and users on island need to be educated about their rights and responsibilities so the Federation can sustain a viable music business environment. Much of the business taking place at present is outside of what is the legal standard worldwide and change is needed urgently to rectify this situation.”

Richardson advises that in undertaking her new role, she is determined to achieve three main objectives:

  • Increase the visibility of ECCO though public education and engagement with the media.
  • Increase the licensing of public use of music, in accordance with music copyright law.
  • Assist with growing ECCO membership.

ECCO welcomes Ms Richardson to its music rights team base, and looks forward to working her, as the organization seeks to realize its mandate to administer and protect music rights within the Eastern Caribbean.

A society of writers & publishers of music, ECCO is a Collective Management Organization (CMO) responsible for the administration of performance rights and the licensing of public use of music. Through reciprocal agreements with CMOs throughout the world, ECCO represents and can license virtually the whole worldwide repertoire of copyright music for public performance, broadcast, cable transmission, online and mobile use.


ECCO Provides Free Access to Music Business Seminar

ecco logoThis week the Association of Caribbean Copyright Societies (ACCS) in partnership with Barbados-based Copyright Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Incorporated (COSCAP) present the Fundamentals of the Business of Music Seminar.

The Seminar, which will initially be piloted in Barbados, will run from Wednesday June 29th to Friday July 1st, at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel; and forms part of ACCS’ Business of Music Seminar Series—financed with support from the Caribbean Development Bank.

Free online participation is open to members of the Eastern Caribbean Collective Organization for Music Rights (ECCO) Inc, and will be facilitated via live streaming on COSCAP’s website:

The main objective of this music education seminar is to assist participants develop a better understanding of the essentials of starting and managing a business in today’s music sector.

Key presenters for this three-day event are Mr Chris Cooke, Author of “Dissecting the Digital Dollar” and Ms. Sari Delmar, Brand Specialist and CEO of AB Company. Meanwhile the Barbados Investment & Development Corporation (BIDC) will also conduct a half-day music lab, aimed at helping participants develop and articulate basic business plans utilizing approaches learned from the seminar.

Essentially, the Fundamentals of the Business of Music Seminar will run from 9am to 4pm each day, addressing the following topics:fundamentals-of-music-flyer

DAY ONE – Wednesday June 29, 2016

  • Making Money from Music (How to Take Advantage of Core Revenue Stream Opportunities)
  • Managing Music Rights for Revenue Generation
  • Intro to Deals & Artist Management

DAY TWO – Thursday June 30, 2016

  • The Digital Market (Developing Strategies to Digitalization)
  • Evolving Your Business
  • Women in Music

DAY THREE – July 1st, 2016

  • Developing your Brand (Part One): Strategies for Developing a Good Brand
  • Developing your Brand (Part Two): Marketing Your Brand & Using Online Marketing Channels

ECCO urges members and music professionals to take advantage of this significant music education seminar, to better equip themselves with the knowledge and tools to succeed in today’s music industry.

The Association of Caribbean Copyrights Societies (ACCS) was founded in 2000, and serves as a Regional Centre, whose task it is to accurately monitor and maintain a centralized Caribbean database, ensuring acceptable data standards for all incoming and exported information on the works stored within this database. ACCS also acts as the communications “link” between the Caribbean copyright societies, facilitating regional integration and concentrated efforts in one common direction. ACCS can be viewed as the “umbrella” organisation which encompasses the author societies of the region, presenting one common voice on issues relating to Intellectual property and authors’ rights. Above all, the principal aim of Association of Caribbean Copyright Societies is to place regional authors, composers and publishers in a better position to collect royalties from international markets.  The Founding members of ACCS are COSCAP (Copyright Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers Inc.) of Barbados, COTT (Copyright Music Organisation of Trinidad & Tobago), ECCO (Eastern Caribbean Collective Organisation for Music Rights) of the OECS, and JACAP (Jamaican Association of Composers, Authors & Publishers Ltd).


IFPI Grants ECCO the Right to Administer Related Rights for International Sound Recording Owners in the OECS



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“Copyright enables you to make a living off your art,” says Dave Kusek, founder and former CEO of Berklee Online and founder of the New Artist Model online music business course. “When you write or record music you produce more than just a ‘song,’” Kusek expounds.  “You also get exclusive rights and no one else can perform actions protected by your rights unless you give them permission.”

Kusek goes on to state that there are two kinds of music copyrights, the composition and the sound recording. Currently within the Eastern Caribbean, through the Eastern Caribbean Collective Organization for Music Rights (ECCO) Inc, focus has primarily been on composition copyrights, through the administration of performance rights.  Performance Rights owners [i.e. owner of the copyrights in the music composition] are typically the songwriters, composer and music publishers.

As a Collective Management Organization (CMO) responsible for the administration of performance rights on behalf of songwriters and music publishers, ECCO through reciprocal agreements with other CMOs worldwide, licenses the public use of music. ECCO in turn remits to the composition copyright holders the respective performance rights royalties related to the public use of copyright music.


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Directly related to copyrights in the ‘song’ (owned by the songwriters and music publishers), are the rights of owners in the recording of the ‘sound’–the rights of which are typically owned by the recording artist/performer and the master recording owners (usually record label or the executive producer of the recording). Copyrights in the sound recording owned by the performer and record label/executive producer are referred to as Related Rights or Neighbouring Rights. According to a article, they are called related rights/neighbouring rights because they are said to be directly “related to” performance rights.

Related rights refer to the right to publicly perform or broadcast a sound recording. As with every copyright, owners of those rights are entitled to collect royalties every time the sound recording is broadcast or publicly played. However, it is important to note, that without a collective society or CMO to administer related rights, owners of these rights will find it extremely difficult to self administer their rights in much the same way as songwriters would find it impossible to track performances of their songs, locally, regionally or globally and on the flip side, music users would not be able to cope with having to clear the millions of recordings existing globally as laws demand.

The good news for the Eastern Caribbean is that ECCO has been approached by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) to collect related rights on their behalf in the OECS. ECCO is currently preparing its Business Plan to set out its financial plan, training for staff and agents, education of the market and identifying owners of the sound recording within the OECS (who will become a new category of members) with a view to ECCO administering related rights in the new year.

What does this mean for music rights holders within the OECS?

As expected, finalization of agreements by ECCO to administer Related Rights will mean that the Eastern Caribbean society will now be able to collect royalties on behalf of a new set of rights owners (performers, and owners of the master recording) who up to now have not been able to benefit from exploitation of the rights in their recordings.  Through reciprocal agreements ECCO will also be able to collect royalties for use of its members recordings globally which would usher in a new stream of music industry revenue for OECS rights holders.


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