IPRS Marks Its Presence At Deccan Alternative Music Conference

The event will be a deep dive into copyright, royalties and creator rights, it is scheduled for 9 and 10 February 2024 in Bengaluru


The Indian Performing Right Society (IPRS) is set to mark its presence at the Deccan Alternative Music Conference, scheduled for 9 and 10 February 2024in 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.

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. 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 monetised.

For creators, royalties serve as a consistent source of income. IPRS, as a government-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 maximise their earnings and foster a thriving music-creator economy.

As part of the Deccan Alternative Music Conference, IPRS is hosting a 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 organising an exclusive enrolment boot camp during the conference. Independent artists, songwriters and composers can opt for on-the-spot registration.

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, 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 working towards empowering and educating music makers on matters that shape their careers and help them reap more from their creations.

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