When a musician works in a studio for a commercially published phonogram, he or she becomes the owner of several copyrights concerning the performance recorded in the studio. Some of the copyrights are transferred to the phonogram producer against wages paid under the applicable collective agreement, and some of the copyrights are managed by Gramex. However, there are also rights which are not transferred under a collective agreement and which are not automatically managed by Gramex. These concern, among other things, the mechanization of phonograms for use as music in movies shown in cinemas, and ads.
Since 2001, the Musicians’ Union has collected powers of attorney from its members in order to handle the above-mentioned mechanization situations. The purpose is to make it easier for producers to get permits and, at the same time, ensure that the permits are managed properly. Under the terms of the Authorisation Agreement, the musician entrusts the Union with the assertion of his or her rights as a performing artist as recognised by the Copyright Act, excluding the rights entrusted to Gramex.
The aim of the arrangement is to ensure that the rights of musicians and singers are centrally controlled whenever possible. The Musicians’ Union does not charge the holder of the rights a fee or costs for the supplementary assertion of rights. The necessary funding is obtained, as is normal for copyright organisations, by including the costs of the activities in the compensations paid. In practice, the compensations are collected and distributed by Gramex which acts on behalf of the Union in this respect.
If you would like to conclude an Authorisation Agreement with the Musicians’ Union, please complete, sign and submit the agreement form below in duplicate to the Musicians’ Union office. When the Agreement has been registered and assigned an authorisation agreement number, the Union will sign both copies and return one to you.