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New board and Chair for global collecting society grouping SCAPR

By | Published on Monday 6 June 2022

PPL CEO Peter Leathem; STOART Managing Director Agnieszka Parzuchowska-Janczarska; GVL Managing Director Tilo Gerlach; ABRAMUS CEO Roberto Mello

SCAPR – the global organisation for performer collecting societies – has a new board following an election at its General Assembly in Rome last week.

José Luis Sevillano from Spanish society AIE was appointed Chairman, taking over from Eanna Casey – from Irish society RAAP – who stood down.

Meanwhile, Roberto Mello from Brazil’s ABRAMUS was newly elected to the board, plus three existing members were re-elected: Tilo Gerlach from Germany’s GVL, Agnieszka Parzuchowska-Janczarska from Poland’s STOART, and Peter Leathem from UK society PPL.

The societies that make up the SCAPR membership specifically represent performers. In terms of music, they collect the royalties said performers are due when recordings on which they appear are broadcast or played in public. In most cases those are royalties stemming from the performer equitable remuneration right in copyright law.

In some countries – as with PPL in the UK – those are the same societies that represent record labels in collective licensing scenarios, though in some places performers and labels have separate organisations representing their rights.

Commenting on his re-election, PPL boss Leathem says: “I am incredibly pleased to be elected by performer collective management organisations from around the world to continue representing them on the board of SCAPR and thank my global colleagues for their continued support”.

“PPL is a collaborative organisation and strongly believes in the importance of the collective management of performers rights”, he adds. “Through collaboration, we can ensure that performers’ rights are respected globally and build tools and systems to deliver money more quickly and efficiently to performers – no matter where their performances are exploited – which is the principal aim of SCAPR”.

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