The Indian Performing Right Society Limited (IPRS) is Now Ranked as the 4th Largest Society by Revenue in the Asia-Pacific Region Per CISAC Global Collection Report

By NewsVoir

In the recently unveiled CISAC Global Collections Report 2023, based on the 2022 collections data, the global music landscape experienced a resurgence, with total global royalties collected from creators reaching a record high of EUR 10.83 billion in 2022 – up by a remarkable 28% – as the world broke free from the pandemic. This growth was fueled by a rebound in live and public performances and a continuous robust expansion in digital revenue. The total sum of creators’ global royalties emanating from digital sources is a whooping EUR 4.1bn. In barely little over a decade, streaming has transformed life for CISAC members and the five million creators it works for.

Global Collections and Annual Growth (EUR billion)

According to the CISAC report, The Indian Performing Right Society Ltd. (IPRS) ranked as the 4th largest Society by revenues in the Asia-Pacific region andIndia ranked 23rd amongst the top 50 societies in Collections from Music globally, growing from the earlier 47th position in 2018.

The report reveals that IPRS collected Euro 68 million in revenue in 2022, a remarkable surge of 92.5% over the previous year. These results are indicative of Indias thriving music industry, displaying notable overall growth. It is also a result that corroborates the effort IPRS has put toward making this eye-popping turnaround a reality.

In India, the growth was attributed to the recovery in General Public Performance – Events / Background, Television broadcasting income revenue and the increased digital revenues permeated through the year.

This highlights a positive development as the Society reduced its reliance on digital revenues, whose proportion of the income pool fell from more than 80% in FY 2021-2022 to 67.1% in FY 2022-2023. This diversification gives IPRS more stability and indicates its growing penetration in the market. The outcome was wonderful news for both the music industry as a whole and for the authors/composers and music publishers in particular. The digital revenue growth from 2019 to 2022 soared by an overwhelming 532.7%, reflecting Indias evolving music industry landscape.

The Government has also played a significant role in fortifying the creators rights and strengthening IPRSs presence in the industry. While we are thankful for this support, we look forward to the authorities for adequate enforcement of the music licensing norms for better compliance.

Furthermore, IPRS has undertaken the significant responsibility of fostering the development of similar collection societies in neighboring countries. This commitment extends to the support and promotion of sister collection societies in countries such as Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh, ensuring they receive the necessary attention during their initial stages of establishment.

Commenting on the same Mr. Javed Akhtar, Chairman of IPRS said, “IPRS, as a Music Copyright Society has been one of the strongest proponents of the rights of the music creator and publisher community in India. It has stood for credit and royalties for its members against odds of non-compliance and reluctance of music users to procure license for music consumption. It is indeed a matter of immense pride that IPRS has managed to garner the outstanding result of ranking the 4th largest Asia Pacific society by collection. The story of the toil behind this feat and the perseverance of our team members is a saga for all time and needs special mention. The age of music streaming has brought in a major shift in music consumption and has further intensified the role of collection societies like IPRS who must constantly tap in and be ever receptive to a stream of continuously emerging revenue models.

With the scourge of the pandemic behind us, we at IPRS are grooming ourselves and the large Indian music community to be abreast with the opportunities and the challenges AI is bound to bring into the new mix of the music ecosystem in the digital age.”

Sharing his views, CISAC President Bjorn Ulvaeus, looks ahead to the future impact of AI on creators’ collections. “This year’s results show that the collective management system, despite all the enormous challenges it faces in adapting to digital, is still robust and effective. CMOs have the backs of the creators they serve and are now delivering more money to more creators than ever before. Fresh from COVID and the economic squeeze, what we now face is another serious, existential challenge – that of Artificial intelligence. AI will radically change the world for creators and the creative industry. It demands international leadership and a strong united front from all parts of the creative industry.”

Commenting on the CISAC Report, Mr. Rakesh Nigam, the CEO of The Indian Performing Right Society Limited (IPRS), said, “We are incredibly proud of the IPRSs remarkable achievement as the 4th largest Society by revenue in the Asia-Pacific region, according to the recent CISAC Global Collections Report. This recognition reaffirms our efforts in safeguarding the royalty rights of our creators. The significant growth, particularly in the digital domain, highlights the ever-evolving music landscape. Licensing agreements with major media entities and a notable increase in income from public performances of music have contributed to a substantial boost in revenues. The challenges in compliance remain an area of serious concern. In the changing music landscape inundated with challenges and opportunities, we remain committed to fostering a thriving environment for our creators and continuing our efforts to better Indias position on the global music stage.”

About IPRS

IPRS is India’s only Copyright Society registered under the Copyright Act of 1957, and counts more than 10,000 of India’s best-known authors, composers, and music publishers as its members. IPRS is authorized under the Copyright Act, 1957 to carry on the business of issuing and granting licenses in respect of musical works and literary works associated with the music assigned to it by its members as well as collect and distribute authors’ statutory royalties, for the exploitation of these works either by way of live performances and/or sound recordings through any medium except when exhibited as a part of a cinematograph film shown in a cinema hall. 

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CISAC – the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers – is the world’s leading network of authors’ societies (also referred to as Collective Management Organizations, or CMOs). CISAC protects the rights and represents the interests of creators worldwide. With 225 member societies in 116 countries, CISAC represents over four million creators of music, audio-visual, drama, literature, and visual arts.

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