| 14 Jul 2024
IPRS empowers new and upcoming artists: A deep dive into copyright, royalties, and creator rights at Deccan Alternative Music Conference 2024

MUMBAI: The Indian Performing Right Society (IPRS) is set to mark its presence at the Deccan Alternative Music Conference, scheduled from 9th to 10th February in Bengaluru. This initiative aims to enlighten and empower musicians from the region, shedding light on crucial aspects of the music business covering copyright, royalties, and the role of music copyright societies in safeguarding creators' rights.

In an era where music is not just an art but a thriving industry, understanding music copyright is paramount, IPRS has always endeavoured to make musicians aware of their rights. Music copyright protects the intellectual property of creators, ensuring they receive due recognition and compensation for their work. It encompasses the rights of composers, songwriters, and independent artists, offering them a legal shield in the ever-evolving music landscape.

Music copyright societies play a pivotal role in safeguarding the interests of creators. Rights management societies, like IPRS, act as custodians of creators' rights, managing and licensing their music to ensure fair compensation. By joining a copyright society, music creators gain a powerful ally in navigating the complexities of the music industry, ensuring that their music is duly protected and monetized.

For creators, royalties serve as a consistent source of income. IPRS, as a govt. authorised music copyright society, actively collects and distributes royalties on behalf of its members, turning creative endeavours into a sustainable livelihood. Understanding the nuances of royalties is crucial for artists to maximize their earnings and foster a thriving music-creator economy.

As part of the Deccan Alternative Music Conference, IPRS is hosting an insightful workshop aimed at demystifying music copyright and licensing, the role IPRS plays in managing creator and publisher rights, and their right to royalties. IPRS will guide participants through the benefits of being represented as a community, ensuring due credits through data registration, and providing valuable insights that will help boost their musical journey.

In addition to the workshop, IPRS is organizing an exclusive enrolment boot camp during the conference. Independent artists, songwriters, and composers can seize this opportunity for on-the-spot registration. This initiative is designed to empower creators by facilitating seamless access to the benefits of IPRS membership.

Creators attending the Deccan Alternative Music Conference, are encouraged to participate in the workshop and enrolment boot camp, gaining valuable insights and establishing direct connections with the IPRS team. The conference promises not just a platform for musical expression but also a gateway to unlocking the full potential of a creator's work.

IPRS invites all independent artists, bands, songwriters, and composers to be part of this enriching experience. Mark your calendars for the Deccan Alternative Music Conference, and embark on a journey to enhance your understanding of music copyright, royalties, and the transformative role of IPRS in shaping the music industry.

Commenting on this, Singer, Composer and IPRS member Bindhu Malini said, “As a member of IPRS, I am aware of how critical it is to understand and protect our rights as a creator in the dynamic music business. The Deccan Alternative Music Conference offers a priceless forum for knowledge, networking, and understanding the nuances of the music business to new and upcoming artists and music creators. Being a member of IPRS means more than just financial returns; it's about joining a global community of music creators, where IPRS acts as a strong ally, advocating for my cause and safeguarding my rights. Glad to be part of this journey.”

Adding to this, Mr. Rakesh Nigam, CEO of The Indian Performing Right Society Limited said; “As we participate in the Deccan Alternative Music Conference, our focus is on empowering creators hailing from the vibrant musical landscapes of the region. A special thanks to the organisers of the Deccan Alternative Music Conference, for crafting this unique space where regional talents can amplify their understanding of the music business. Through strategic collaborations and extensive outreach, our goal is to reach every artist, transcending geographical boundaries, and making sure they are well-versed about the opportunities and protections that await them in the rapidly evolving music industry.”

The Indian music industry is witnessing unprecedented growth, transcending borders. Independent and non-film music is gaining popularity and winning fans across geographies. But it is alarming that a vast majority of songwriters are unaware of their rights, the clauses outlined by the Copyright Law in favour of music creators, and how to protect their rights and rightful dues. IPRS has been incessantly working towards empowering and educating music makers on matters that shape their careers and help them reap more from their creations. IPRS’s participation at the Deccan Alternative Music Conference, is a step towards that.