Self-administration: when can a music author himself grant a right to perform his music in an event?

Composers, lyricists and music publishers that are Teosto members can now grant a right to perform their works in individual concerts, festivals, gigs or events. This requires that all composers, lyricists and publishers of the work have given their written consent and the consents have been delivered to Teosto.

If the rightholders have announced that they want to self-administer the use of their music, Teosto does not administer the use and all performing rights for events must be acquired directly from the rightholders. In this case, the rightholders shall also agree on the remuneration for music use with the event organiser.

RIGHT TO PERFORM LIVE MUSIC GRANTED BY THE RIGHTHOLDER

Performing rights that a rightholder has granted to his works are valid only in the events announced to Teosto and the event organiser 30 days before the event and only for the announced time period. For all other intents and purposes, the work or works shall remain under Teosto’s administration.

If works of other rightholders are also performed in the event, rights to perform them must be acquired separately.

HOW DOES AN EVENT ORGANISER KNOW WHO IS ADMINISTERING THE PERFORMING RIGHTS OF MUSIC PERFORMED BY AN ARTIST, BAND OR ORCHESTRA?

Event organisers continue to acquire performing rights for music from Teosto just like before.

The operating model is different only if the rightholder contacts the event organiser 30 days before the event and announces that he is responsible for granting the performing rights of his works. In this case, the rightholder is also liable to verify the self-administration to the event organiser.

Thus, a valid performing right by Teosto is everything that an event organiser needs also in the future, unless the rightholder notifies him of self-administration and verifies it. The liability for verifying the self-administration is the rightholder’s, not the event organiser’s.

In the case that the rightholder notifies the event organiser of self-administration, the event organiser should agree with the rightholder, with as much detail as possible, on the conditions of the performing right, remuneration and payment terms. At the same time, it can be settled who invoices for the performing right royalty.

PRICING AND INVOICING OF PERFORMING RIGHT ROYALTIES

If, in a concert, gig or event, there is only one artist or band that performs only their own, self-administered works, the event organiser agrees on the performing rights and royalties for live music in that concert, gig or event only with the rightholders in question.

If, in a concert, gig or event, there are many artists or bands, out of which some perform their own, self-administered works and others music administered by Teosto, the event organiser agrees on the performing rights and royalties for the music in that concert, gig or event both with the self-administering rightholders and with Teosto, with both also invoicing for performing right royalties.

Self-administration of individual works does not affect the price of Teosto’s performing rights.

AMENDMENT OF TEOSTO’S MEMBERSHIP AGREEMENT IN 2019

Teosto’s membership agreement for rightholders was amended on 18 March 2019. The new membership agreement made managing copyrights more flexible for composers, lyricists and music publishers. In the future, composers, lyricists and publishers have more flexibility in individual cases when agreeing on the use of their music also while being Teosto members.

The amendment of the membership agreement is based on a commitment submitted by Teosto to the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (FCCA) that was approved by the FCCA on 18 December 2018. The objective of the amendment is to develop Teosto’s operations and services to better respond to the changing needs of our members and the market.