|BUBEDRA||Bureau Béninois du Droit d’Auteur||BENIN|
|BCDA||Congolese Copyright Office||CONGO|
|COSGA||Copyright Society of Ghana||GHANA|
|COSOMA||Copyright Society of Malawi||MALAWI|
|MCSN||Musical Copyright Society Nigeria Ltd.||NIGERIA|
|NASCAM||Namibian Society of Composers and Authors of Music||NAMIBIA|
|SAMRO||Southern African Music Rights Organisation||SOUTH AFRICA|
|ZIMURA||Zimbabwe Music Rights Association||ZIMBABWE|
|MASA||Mauritius Society of Authors||MAURITIUS|
|ALBAUTOR||Lidhja e shkrimtarëve dhe compozitorëve të shgipërisë||ALBANIA|
|ACUM||Société des Auteurs,Compositeurs et Editeurs de Musique en Israël||ISRAEL|
|AKKA LAA||Copyright and Communication Consulting Agency – Latvian Authors’ Association||LATVIA|
|ARTISJUS||Society Artisjus Hungarian Bureau for the protection of Authors’ rights||HUNGARY|
|ASDAC||Asociatia Drepturi de Autor si Conexe din Republica Moldova||MOLDOVA|
|EAU||Estonian Authors’ society||ESTONIA|
|GCA||Georgian Copyright Association||GEORGIA|
|HDS-ZAMP||Croatian Composers’ Society||CROATIA|
|LATGA-A||Lietuvos Autoriu Teisiu Gynimo Asociacijos Agentura||LITHUANIA|
|MUSICAUTOR||Bulgarian Society of Composers,Authors and Music Publishers||BULGARIA|
|OSA||Ochranny Svaz Autorsky pro prava k dilum hudebnim||CZECH REPUBLIC|
|PAM CG||Society for Protection of Author’s Musical Rights from Montenegro||MONTENEGRO|
|SAZAS||Société des Compositeurs,Auteurs et Editeurs de Slovénie||SLOVENIA|
|SOKOJ||Organizacija za zastitu autorskih muzickih prava||SERBIA|
|SOZA||Slovak Performing and Mechanical Rights Society||SLOVAKIA|
|SQN||Sine Qua Non||BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA|
|UACRR||Ukrainian Agency of Copyright and Related Rights||UKRAINE|
|UCMR||Asociata Pentru Drepturi de Autor||ROMANIA|
|ZAIKS||Society of Authors ZAIKS||POLAND|
|ZAMP-MACEDONIA||Musical Copyright Society||MACEDONIA|
|AKM||Staatlich Genehmigte Gesellschaft der Autoren,Komponisten und Musikverleger||AUSTRIA|
|AUTODIA||Collecting Society of Intellectual Property Rights||GREECE|
|GEMA||Gesellschaft für musikalische Aufführungs – und mechanische Vervielfältigungsrechte||GERMANY|
|PRS for MUSIC||Performing Right Society Ltd||UK|
|SABAM||Société Belge des Auteurs,Compositeurs et Editeurs Scrl.||BELGIUM|
|SACEM||Société des Auteurs,Compositeurs et Editeurs de Musique||FRANCE|
|SGAE||Sociedad General de Autores y Editores||SPAIN|
|SIAE||Societa Italiana degli Autori ed Editori||ITALY|
|SPA||Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores||PORTUGAL|
|SUISA||Coopérative des Auteurs et Editeurs de Musique||SWITZERLAND|
|KODA||Selskabet til Forvaltning af Internationale Komponistrettighederi Danmark||DENMARK|
|STEF||The Performing Rights Society of Iceland||ICELAND|
|STIM||Svenska Tonsättares Internationella Musikbyra||SWEDEN|
|TEOSTO||Säveltäjäin Tekijänoikeustoimisto teosto r.y.||FINLAND|
|TONO||The Norwegian Performing Right Society||NORWAY|
|ASCAP||American Society of Composers,Authors and Publishers||USA|
|BMI||Broadcast Music Inc.||USA|
|SOCAN||Society of Composers,Authors and Music Publishers of Canada||CANADA|
|SACM||Sociedad de Autores y Compositores de Mexico||MEXICO|
|ACAM||Asociación de Compositores y Autores Musicales de Costa Rica||COSTA RICA|
|ACDAM||Agencia Cubana de Derecho de Autor Musical||CUBA|
|COSCAP||Copyright Society of Composers,Authors and Publishers Incorporated||BARBADOS|
|COTT||Copyright Organisation of Trinidad and Tobago||TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO|
|JACAP||Jamaica Association of Composers,Authors and Publishers Ltd||JAMAICA|
|SPAC||Sociedad Panameña de Autores y Compositores||PANAMA|
|CASH||Composers and Authors Society of Hong-Kong Ltd||HONG KONG|
|COMPASS||Composers and Authors Society of Singapore Ltd||SINGAPORE|
|FILSCAP||Filipino Society of Composers and Authors Publishers Inc.||PHILIPPINES|
|IPRS||The Indian Performing Right Society||INDIA|
|JASRAC||Japanese Society for Rights of Authors,Composers and Publishers||JAPAN|
|KAZAK||The Kazakh Author’s Society||KAZAKSTAN|
|KOMCA||Korea Music Copyright Association||KOREA|
|MACA||Macau Association of Composers, Authors & Publishers||MACAU|
|MACP||Music Authors’ Copyright Protection||MALAYSIA|
|MCT||Music Copyright Thaïland LTD||THAILAND|
|MCSC||Music Copyright Society of China||CHINA|
|MCSN||Musical Copyright Society Nigeria Ltd.||NIGERIA|
|MESAM||Türkiye Musiki Eseri Sahipleri Meslek Birligi||TURKEY|
|MUST||Music Copyright Society of Chinese Taipei||TAIWAN/CHINESE TAIPEI|
|VCPMC||Vietnam Centre for Protection of Music Copyright||VIETNAM|
|WAMI||Wahana Musik Indonesia||INDONESIA|
|AGADU||Asociación de Autores del Uruguay||URUGUAY|
|APA||Autores Paraguayos Asociados||PARAGUAY|
|APDAYC||Asociación Peruana de Autores Y Compositores||PERU|
|SACVEN||Sociedad de Autores y Compositores de Venezuela||VENEZUELA|
|SADAIC||Sociedad Argentina de Autores y Compositores de Música||ARGENTINA|
|SAYCE||Sociedad de Autores y Compositores Ecuatorianos||ECUADOR|
|SAYCO||Sociedad de Autores y Compositores de Colombia||COLOMBIA|
|SCD||Sociedad Chilena del Derecho de Autor||CHILE|
|UBC||União Brasileira de Compositores||BRAZIL|
BUBEDRA Bureau Béninois du Droit d’Auteur BENIN BCDA Congolese Copyright Office CONGO COSGA Copyright Society of Ghana GHANA COSOMA Copyright Society of Malawi MALAWI MCSN Musical Copyright Society Nigeria Ltd. NIGERIA NASCAM Namibian Society of Composers and Authors of Music NAMIBIA SAMRO Southern African Music Rights Organisation SOUTH AFRICA ZIMURA Zimbabwe Music Rights Association ZIMBABWE MASA Mauritius Society of Authors MAURITIUS
APRA Australasian Performing Right Association AUSTRALIA
ALBAUTOR Lidhja e shkrimtarëve dhe compozitorëve të shgipërisë ALBANIA ACUM Société des Auteurs,Compositeurs et Editeurs de Musique en Israël ISRAEL AKKA LAA Copyright and Communication Consulting Agency – Latvian Authors’ Association LATVIA ARTISJUS Society Artisjus Hungarian Bureau for the protection of Authors’ rights HUNGARY ASDAC Asociatia Drepturi de Autor si Conexe din Republica Moldova MOLDOVA EAU Estonian Authors’ society ESTONIA GCA Georgian Copyright Association GEORGIA HDS-ZAMP Croatian Composers’ Society CROATIA LATGA-A Lietuvos Autoriu Teisiu Gynimo Asociacijos Agentura LITHUANIA MUSICAUTOR Bulgarian Society of Composers,Authors and Music Publishers BULGARIA OSA Ochranny Svaz Autorsky pro prava k dilum hudebnim CZECH REPUBLIC PAM CG Society for Protection of Author’s Musical Rights from Montenegro MONTENEGRO SAZAS Société des Compositeurs,Auteurs et Editeurs de Slovénie SLOVENIA SOKOJ Organizacija za zastitu autorskih muzickih prava SERBIA SOZA Slovak Performing and Mechanical Rights Society SLOVAKIA SQN Sine Qua Non BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA UACRR Ukrainian Agency of Copyright and Related Rights UKRAINE UCMR Asociata Pentru Drepturi de Autor ROMANIA ZAIKS Society of Authors ZAIKS POLAND ZAMP-MACEDONIA Musical Copyright Society MACEDONIA
AKM Staatlich Genehmigte Gesellschaft der Autoren,Komponisten und Musikverleger AUSTRIA AUTODIA Collecting Society of Intellectual Property Rights GREECE BUMA Vereniging Buma NETHERLANDS GEMA Gesellschaft für musikalische Aufführungs – und mechanische Vervielfältigungsrechte GERMANY PRS for MUSIC Performing Right Society Ltd UK SABAM Société Belge des Auteurs,Compositeurs et Editeurs Scrl. BELGIUM SACEM Société des Auteurs,Compositeurs et Editeurs de Musique FRANCE SGAE Sociedad General de Autores y Editores SPAIN SIAE Societa Italiana degli Autori ed Editori ITALY SPA Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores PORTUGAL SUISA Coopérative des Auteurs et Editeurs de Musique SWITZERLAND
KODA Selskabet til Forvaltning af Internationale Komponistrettighederi Danmark DENMARK STEF The Performing Rights Society of Iceland ICELAND STIM Svenska Tonsättares Internationella Musikbyra SWEDEN TEOSTO Säveltäjäin Tekijänoikeustoimisto teosto r.y. FINLAND TONO The Norwegian Performing Right Society NORWAY
ASCAP American Society of Composers,Authors and Publishers USA BMI Broadcast Music Inc. USA SESAC Sesac, Inc USA SOCAN Society of Composers,Authors and Music Publishers of Canada CANADA SACM Sociedad de Autores y Compositores de Mexico MEXICO
ACAM Asociación de Compositores y Autores Musicales de Costa Rica COSTA RICA ACDAM Agencia Cubana de Derecho de Autor Musical CUBA COSCAP Copyright Society of Composers,Authors and Publishers Incorporated BARBADOS COTT Copyright Organisation of Trinidad and Tobago TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO JACAP Jamaica Association of Composers,Authors and Publishers Ltd JAMAICA SPAC Sociedad Panameña de Autores y Compositores PANAMA
CASH Composers and Authors Society of Hong-Kong Ltd HONG KONG COMPASS Composers and Authors Society of Singapore Ltd SINGAPORE FILSCAP Filipino Society of Composers and Authors Publishers Inc. PHILIPPINES IPRS The Indian Performing Right Society INDIA JASRAC Japanese Society for Rights of Authors,Composers and Publishers JAPAN KAZAK The Kazakh Author’s Society KAZAKSTAN KOMCA Korea Music Copyright Association KOREA MACA Macau Association of Composers, Authors & Publishers MACAU MACP Music Authors’ Copyright Protection MALAYSIA MCT Music Copyright Thaïland LTD THAILAND MCSC Music Copyright Society of China CHINA MCSN Musical Copyright Society Nigeria Ltd. NIGERIA MESAM Türkiye Musiki Eseri Sahipleri Meslek Birligi TURKEY MUST Music Copyright Society of Chinese Taipei TAIWAN/CHINESE TAIPEI VCPMC Vietnam Centre for Protection of Music Copyright VIETNAM WAMI Wahana Musik Indonesia INDONESIA
AGADU Asociación de Autores del Uruguay URUGUAY APA Autores Paraguayos Asociados PARAGUAY APDAYC Asociación Peruana de Autores Y Compositores PERU SACVEN Sociedad de Autores y Compositores de Venezuela VENEZUELA SADAIC Sociedad Argentina de Autores y Compositores de Música ARGENTINA SAYCE Sociedad de Autores y Compositores Ecuatorianos ECUADOR SAYCO Sociedad de Autores y Compositores de Colombia COLOMBIA SCD Sociedad Chilena del Derecho de Autor CHILE UBC União Brasileira de Compositores BRAZIL
IMRO’s International team has a particular focus on pro-actively increasing IMRO’s overseas revenue through various initiatives.
One of its key functions is to ensure that performances of IMRO repertoire is notified to IMRO’s sister societies to secure the timely and efficient receipt of due royalties. Members whose works have been performed abroad are encouraged to notify IMRO of their international activities through the IMRO Member’s Area of the website.
IMRO also works with the European Commission on intellectual property issues and was instrumental in getting the European Commission to lodge its successful complaint against the US Authorities regarding inadequate copyright protection.
IMRO’s co-operation and strengthening of relationships with its sister societies is key in its representation of IMRO members’ and affiliated society members’ interests. IMRO has reciprocal agreements in place with over 80 sister societies currently.
IMRO’s position and activity in the international community is reflected in its membership of the Information Services Committee, reporting directly to the CISAC Board (International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers) and the Business Technical Committee (previously the Distribution Technical Committee). In 2015, IMRO was elected Chair of the newly-formed Musical Works Expert Group (MWX) at its inaugural meeting in May of that year. Additionally, IMRO is represented on the Audio Visual, Interested Party and Business Exchange Expert Groups and is an active member of various task forces concerning international data exchange and international strategy.
International Touring Guide
TRAVEL European Union If touring within the EU as an Irish citizen or that of another EU member state, then Visas and ATA Carnet are not required. An ATA Carnet is an international customs document used for temporary export/import. It is presented when entering a Carnet country with merchandise or equipment that will be re-exported within 12 months. Carnets are used for the temporary export of three types of goods to any of the other 77 carnet countries:
- Commercial Samples
- Goods for Trade Fairs or exhibitions
- Professional Equipment
- Tamizat – A US based non-profit organization that facilitates and advocates for international cultural mobility and exchange.
- Artists from Abroad – An online guide to US artist Visas and Tax.
- CoveyLaw – Brooklyn-based law firm that serves the legal needs of the domestic and international arts, non-profit, and business communities.
INSTRUMENTS Each airline will differ on their policy regarding music instruments and storage. Some may require that you pay for an extra seat for an instrument or have restrictions regarding weight allowance for checked-in luggage. Some may allow an instrument to be an addition to or for others in place of hand baggage allowance. It is vital to check with your airline in advance their policy for the instruments you intend to bring. The International Federation of Musicians (FIM) provide a rating section for musicians to inform each other of their experiences of travelling with instruments on various airlines which may be useful. It is strongly recommended that any instrument insurance you may hold is up to date and covers international travel.
TAX Reclaiming Overseas Tax (e.g. Royalties etc) Most musicians travel these days to earn a living and it is important to minimise local withholding taxes on live performances which may be taxed as much as 35%. You should seek advice and assistance from specialist accountants and tax experts who could help minimise your tax liabilities and enable you to reclaim the maximum amount due.
Performances Abroad – Things You Need To Know To Make the Most of Your IMRO Membership Although it is the responsibility of our affiliated societies to collect royalties on behalf of IMRO members in their territory and send them to us for distribution, it is possible that some performances of IMRO members’ music are not identified by the societies in question. This can happen primarily for two reasons. Either such performances may simply not be covered by the distribution policies of the societies in question or not enough information is provided to identify the performances. These policies vary from society to society and where a performance does not qualify it will not feature. IMRO makes every effort to ensure that “qualifying performances” in overseas territories do feature in the distributions of the societies concerned. We do this by notifying those societies of the full performance details when available. These include performances in the category classified by some societies as ‘Classical or Serious´ Music or ‘Live Symphonic and Recital´ performances. It is for this reason that we always urge our members to notify us of their foreign performances. Details of all such performances can be notified to us online through the members area of the IMRO website or by using the IMRO App. The following information is essential when making a foreign performance notification:- Venue Name(s) Town/City Country Post code (for all UK performances) Performance dates Zip code (for all US performances) Promoter’s name (if applicable) Performances cannot be notified without this information. All foreign performances follow the same submission deadlines specified under the Tours and Residencies Scheme. Foreign performances need to be notified with a corresponding set list or details of the works performed in a concert programme which can be submitted online, along with the relevant Live Performance Notification (Gig List). The full and proper title, as registered with IMRO, together with the name of the composer(s) must be included. It is essential that all works on the set list have been registered. If you are in doubt as to whether some or all of the works on the set list have been registered or not, you can check online or contact a member of our distribution team.
LGBT+ and Female Musicians While it should not be an issue for musicians of any gender or sexuality to perform or travel, unfortunately there can be differing attitudes and laws regarding sex and sexuality in certain countries. Even in countries that have de-criminalised homosexuality, passed protection laws for LGBT+ people and have made efforts in gender equality legislation, these laws may be ahead of social attitudes so it is necessary to research before travelling to be made aware of issues you may encounter while there. Extra precaution should be taken where possible.
- Know where the nearest Embassy is for your country.
- The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association ILGA website provides up to date information and highlights potentially dangerous regions and countries.
- Research local laws and customs of countries and regions.
- Check any LGBT+ websites, forums or blogs for that region as they can offer first-hand information on social attitudes and areas to avoid.
- Be aware that issues may arise if you are trans with a differing gender appearing in your official travel documents.
- Ensure your travel plans and itinerary, as well as contact details for venues and hotels are with someone at home.
- Have a plan of action in the worst case scenario that something does go wrong.
Disclaimer This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, tax, legal or accounting advice. You should consult your own tax, legal and accounting advisors before engaging in any transaction.
Performances Abroad – Things You Need To Know
This can happen primarily for two reasons. Either such performances may simply not be covered by the distribution policies of the societies in question or not enough information is provided to identify the performances. These policies vary from society to society and where a performance does not qualify it will not feature.
IMRO makes every effort to ensure that “qualifying performances” in overseas territories do feature in the distributions of the societies concerned. We do this by notifying those societies of the full performance details when available. These include performances in the category classified by some societies as ‘Classical or Serious´ Music or ‘Live Symphonic and Recital´ performances. It is for this reason that we always urge our members to notify us of their foreign performances. Details of all such performances can be notified to us online through the members area of the IMRO website.
However, you should be aware that, in the case of the USA, the societies in that territory survey live performances in different ways.
In the case of ASCAP, where the majority of the IMRO repertoire is administered, it surveys as follows:
Works performed in the Top 300 grossing tours that take place in the USA each year.
Musical performances at the following 14 live concert music venues:
Hollywood Bowl (Los Angeles, CA)
Staples Center (Los Angeles, CA)
Gibson Amphitheatre At Univ. CityWalk (Universal City, CA)
American Airlines Arena (Miami, FL)
Knight Concert Hall (Miami, FL)
BB&T Center (Sunrise, FL)
Beacon Theatre (New York, NY)
Madison Square Garden Arena (New York, NY)
Radio City Music Hall (New York, NY)
Theater At Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)
- Bithorn Stadium (San Juan, PR)
Roberto Clemente Coliseum (San Juan, PR)
James L. Knight Center (Miami, FL)
Coliseo de Puerto Rico (San Juan, PR)
ASCAP also makes payments under its ASCAP OnStage scheme for live performances not surveyed in the above categories.
BMI surveys the Top 300 concert tours and/or concert events/festivals each quarter.
BMI also makes payments under its BMI Live scheme for live performances not surveyed in the above categories.
We encourage you to notify all US performances to us so that we can make sure that performances qualifying under any aspect of the US societies distribution policies or schemes are notified in full to the relevant society to minimise missing or delayed payments.
Broadcast date and time
Works played/performed live
Live Performance by Another Performer
Name of performer
Date of performance
Venue name/town or city
UK postcode / US Zip code
What must you do?
The following information is essential when making a foreign performance notification:-
Promoter’s name (if applicable)
Post code (for all UK performances)
Zip code (for all US performances)
Performances cannot be notified without this information.
All foreign performances follow the same submission deadlines specified under the Tours and Residencies Scheme.
It is essential that all works on the set list have been registered. If you are in doubt as to whether some or all of the works on the set list have been registered or not, you can check on-line or contact a member of our distribution team.