ECCO members demand more for less

ECCO members demand more for less
ECCO Chairman - McCarthy Marie from Dominica
ECCO Chairman – McCarthy Marie from Dominica

At its 5th Annual General Meeting (held Saturday 16th August 2014), members of the Eastern Caribbean Collective Organisation for music Rights – ECCO, elected a new board of Directors to oversee the affairs of the organisation over the next two years. The make-up of the new Board of Directors is as follows:-

Shala Emmanuel (St. Lucia)
Gordon Finch (Antigua & Barbuda
Gaspar Llewellyn Gill (St. Lucia)
Wayne Green (Grenada)
Hugh James (St. Lucia)
Martin James (St. Lucia)
McCarthy Marie (Commonwealth of Dominica)
Shayne Ross (St. Lucia)
Ian Sanchez (St. Lucia)
Gandolph St Claire (St. Lucia)
Joffre Venner (St Vincent & the Grenadines)

ECCO Chairman, Mr. McCarthy Marie in his Chairman’s Report highlighted some of the achievements of ECCO in the year under review including: –

• Membership increase of 10.78 % across the ECCO territories
• Achieved a 11.98% growth in licensing revenue
• Negotiated joint digital agreements with sister societies
• Digital Revenue begin to flow in
• Increased the use of digital monitoring of broadcasters
• Increase in licensing of regional festivals/events
• Produced first Annual Report

As at previous AGMs the twin concerns of members continued to be the low level of airplay of local music and the increasing operational cost of the organisation.

Members called on ECCO to help re-establish the association of Musicians and performers so that this organisation can perform the role that ECCO is not mandated to do such as spearheading the drive for more local content.



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