"The Bermuda Music users group meeting on Wednesday is very
important for both industry businesses as well as charitable
organizations,  hairdressers, corner shops, and anywhere music is played
for other that personal use" *AFP photos
"The Bermuda Music users group meeting on Wednesday is very important for both industry businesses as well as charitable organizations, hairdressers, corner shops, and anywhere music is played for other that personal use" *AFP photos

The newly formed Bermuda Music Users Group will host a meeting on this Wednesday November 27 at 6:00 pm at the Chamber of Commerce in Hamilton.

The purpose of the meeting will be to form sector specific subcommittees to review the proposed Performance Rights Society of the UK tariff rates and terms for acquiring music licenses.

The proposed sector subcommittees will be:

• Broadcasters

• Retail

• Restaurants

• Hotels

• Festivals, Non-Profits/Charities

• Independent Event Promoters & Mobile DJs

• Government,Churches, Schools

Certain subcommittees will be chaired by industry associations others will require nominations from the floor, however all subcommittee chairs will be required to form working committees from their various industries.

This meeting will be very important as BMUG understand PRS representatives from the UK will be on island from November 25 soliciting local businesses to purchase music using licenses.

BMUG has not received any information on who is PRS’ local representative and strongly recommends that PRS review with BMUG their rates and application prior to PRS making financial demands on individual local businesses.

 

We encourage all local businesses that have an interest in forming the rates and terms of future copyright license agreements to attend the meeting Wednesday November 27 6pm.

BMUG believes that Bermuda is being targeted as part of PRS’ growth strategy as evidenced by objectives listed in the International Licensing Services Manager job description on their web site which reads in part “to drive the maximization amount of income through the society network and via new business opportunities outside the UK to meet the ‘licensing, collections and tariffs’ objectives of the International Growth Strategy.”

PRS’ current campaign includes an expanded target list including Government entities, schools, charities, concert promoters and any business that uses copyrighted music to entertain their workers or clients even if it is just on their answering service.

The BMUG’s primary concern is that PRS is attempting to impose UK terms and licensing rates on the Bermuda market without full disclosuer and transparancy or consultation with Bermuda industry stakeholders..

PRS has the right to license users of copyrighted music in Bermuda, however there is no requirement that Bermuda businesses or charities must accept the rates requested or applied in the UK for Bermuda.

In the instance where a Bermuda business or charity does not agree with the rates or terms proposed by PRS, that business or charity has the right to have the rates and terms reviewed by the Copyright Tribunal, a Government board that has yet to be convened. Bermuda Music Users Group will host a meeting on Wednesday November 27 at 6:00 pm at the Chamber of Commerce.