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Members of the Eastern Caribbean Collective Organisation for Music Rights (ECCO) Inc., are expected to receive royalty payouts this week.

The announcement was made by the organization’s General manager Steve Etienne who notes that the payments totalling some $340,000 will include fees collected in the ECCO territories for the period 1st January – 31st December 2012 from Broadcasting & General Licensing; Previously unidentified performances rescued from pending sources and royalties received from overseas territories.

He however continues to lament the dismal offerings paid to local members. He says this is due to the overall appétit for foreign content.

Members should benefit from further distributions scheduled to be made in the months of November & December from royalties derived from the licensing of major live events, including:

  • Dominica’s World Creole Music Festival 2011/2012
  • St. Lucia Jazz 2012
  • St. Kitts Music Festival 2012
  • St. Lucia Carnival 2013
  • Vincy Mas 2013 (St. Vincent & the Grenadines)
  • Spicemas 2013 (Grenada))
  • National Performance Programme 2013 (St. Lucia)

ECCO General Manager Steve Etienne says “Although ECCO’s disbursement of royalties is expected to surpass the level achieved last year, these royalties are still relatively small change when shared among local and international songwriter members whose music continues to be enjoyed throughout the territories, but many users remain largely unlicensed.  He adds that only by stepping up the licensing of users across the OECS can creators benefit at a level relative to the wide use of the music repertoire ECCO administers.

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