ECCO members receive royalties for live performances

ECCO members receive royalties for live performances

PRESS RELEASE – The Eastern Caribbean Collective Organisation for Music Rights (ECCO) Inc., responsible for music royalty collection and distribution, will today, make another payment of royalties to its local members and members of international affiliates.

This payment is strictly in respect to live performances licensed across the ECCO territories and royalties received from affiliated societies in the UK, France and Trinidad & Tobago for 2013 and 2014.

Payments will include royalties received from the following sources. –

•             St. Kitts Music Festival 2012 & 2013

•             Dominica World Creole Music Festival 2013

•             Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival 2013

•             Overseas royalties from PRS (UK), COTT (Trinidad & Tobago) and SACEM (France).

The current distribution is the second of several payments that ECCO members will benefit from this year. ECCO will be making its main royalty distribution in August 2015 for Radio and General, and another payment is to be made in September 2015 for Saint Lucia Carnival 2014.

ECCO members and members of affiliate societies are expected to share in an overall distribution pool of over EC$600, 000.

ECCO General Manager Steve Etienne says “The members who will benefit the most from these series of payments are of course those whose works feature prominently at major events across the ECCO territories and those whose music is performed in international markets”.

Not all the revenue available will be distributed, due to members not returning logs sheets of their live performances despite personal appeals from ECCO.  However, this revenue will be reserved pending completion of claims.


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  1. I Have for many years questioned the role of the ECCO. First of all why are payments being made two years in arrears for St.Lucia Jazz. Secondly where are the payments for St.Lucia Carnival for the last two years (at least)? Who monitors and properly account for those revenues received? In what portions of those payments are being utilized for the development of music in St.Lucia? Are audited financial statements prepared and submitted to members to verify and account for funds being collected on their behave? How are international artist like Beyonce, Rihanna, etc. getting their monies? Or are they not included? Mr. Etienne, please explain this to our local artist. Look at Carnival, a number of artist have stopped performing because the government has taken away the subvention which was what helped the artist and carnival bands promote the culture, our tourist dollar.


    • Hi YOLO

      Thank you for this well-articulated and reasoned item which we are happy (as always) to have the opportunity to raise greater awareness of the role of ECCO and reply as follows: -

      The role of the Eastern Caribbean Collective Organisation for music Rights (ECCO) Inc., is quite simple. ECCOs sole role is to collect rights from songwriters and publishers of music, license these rights to users of music and pay the writers and publishers whose music is performed, in proportion to the number of times performances of their work occur.

      ECCO pays royalties on audited accounts and like all other Collective Management Organisations (CMO’s) ECCO pay royalties in arrears due to collection, analysis of data and distribution processes. The multibillion dollar societies such as those based in the US (BMI and ASCAP) and those in Europe (PRS and SACEM for example) are able to make distributions every quarter with only a three months delay, in most cases, from the date of performance. It should be noted that the nature of providing a service to institutions that rely on the state to make payments is that there is always a long delay from the completion of service to when payments are actually made and this apply to payments for jazz and carnival which are often paid well over a year from due date. ECCOs 2014 financial year (January 1st to December 2014) is being audited by our Auditors Grant Thornton as we write. These audited financial statements are provided to all members, our affiliate overseas and are filed with the registry of companies to become a public document available to all.

      For your information royalties for Carnival 2013 was paid last August and Carnival 2014 will be paid September 2014.

      The operation of ECCO is controlled by a Board of Directors elected by ECCO members at Annual General Meetings and Directors role it is to ensure that the organization is properly managed. ECCO is also a member of CISAC (The International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers) who perform their own audit to ensure ECCO operates to international standards, rules and regulations. Additionally, ECCO is party to a Memorandum of Understanding with Caribbean societies and leading Anglo/US societies within which further rules and regulations have been instituted including ensuring foreign right holders (such as the writers of the works performed by Beyonce and Rihanna) are paid royalties by ECCO, via their respective CMO, for performances of their works in the Caribbean. You will no doubt understand the keen interest by these foreign societies in protecting their huge assets in the ECCO territories particularly as we continue to consume over 90% of their repertoire whilst only consuming 10% of our own, and as a result, ECCO distributes the vast proportion of its royalties externally.

      As a non-profit organisation which does not receive any state funding, to do take on any additional responsibilities such as ‘the development of music in St. Lucia’ that you mentioned would place a great burden of responsibility on our songwriter and publisher members whose royalties would have to go toward funding such an initiative. Bearing in mind the disproportion level of airplay they currently receive locally. From the above you would now be aware that ECCO is a body that sits between creators and users of music for the purpose of royalty collection. Within this very narrow role we do not know, how or who should be developing music in St. Lucia but would be happy to assist initiatives of such a nature.

      With regard to role of Government in Carnival and its approach to dealing with and its regard to Artists?, we again refer you to ECCO’s specific role and are compelled to leave it to others to go beyond ECCO’s limited boundaries to dialogue with Government, stakeholders and citizen on the development of music and the wider culture.

      Should you wish to visit the ECCO office for more in-depth dialogue and information do not hastate to contact us for further assistance. Meanwhile, you can get further information on ECCO’s web pages and social media presence (see below)


      Tel: 758 451-6436 & 758 484 1536, Fax: 758 451-6437
      Email: [email protected]
      Instagram: @eccorights
      Twitter: @eccorights


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