The Music Producers Guild has welcomed PPL’s new Eligible Studio Producers Form aimed at clarifying producers’ contributions to recorded tracks and simplifying royalty claims.
The MPG - which was consulted during the planning for the new form along with the FAC, MMF, Equity and MU - said that the new process will save substantial time and costs for the PPL when it comes to establishing producers’ deserved remuneration on recordings.
“The MPG has been working very closely with PPL and members of the PPL Performer Board and PPL main board, to formulate a method by which studio music producers can confidently and properly claim for their share of all the income streams deriving from the public performance of the sound recordings that they produce and contribute to," MPG boss Steve Levine told CMU.
“There have been recent examples of major artists querying the rights of the studio music producer to receive this equitable remuneration on previous, often legacy, sound recordings they worked on,” he continued.
“These have been dealt with by PPL on a case-by-case basis, as very often there is little or no documentation, and the memory of events and the original sessions can change over time.
“This has resulted in substantial additional administration time and costs for PPL and in some cases lengthy and acrimonious disputes between producers, artists and their managers.
“This situation could not continue and I am really pleased that PPL has taken steps to clarify exactly how a studio music producer can qualify.”