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The British collection organization PRS severed ties with its Russian partner. But why should it act alone?

As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine enters its second week, sanctions from Western democracies continue to take a toll on the Russian economy.

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In addition to the economic actions of the countries, the past few days have seen more than 200 multinational companies boycott the Russian market to protest their military actions in Ukraine.

Some of those companies include Mastercard, Visa, AppleIkea and Samsung, while the pressure is growing companies are stilllike Coca Cola and McDonalds, stopped doing business in Russia.

While, Living country Yes announced it will not do business in/with Russia, while Netflix Yes pull its service – and TikTok has shrink its background – domestic.

Now, a powerful entity in the global music rights industry has made a move.

UK Collectors’ Association PRS for Music represents the rights of more than 160,000 musicians/composers and Music publishers around the world and paid about $900 million (£699.4 million) to music copyright holders in 2020.

Today (March 8) PRS revealed that it has “formally suspended, effective immediately”, its rights representation agreement with its Russia-based partner, the Russian Authors’ Association RAO.

In a statement, the organization said: “PRS for Music has today officially suspended, with immediate effect, our agency relationship with RAO, the collection organization of works. music of Russia, pending confirmation of separation from the Russian Government as well as such individuals and companies. on the sanctions list. We are also working with CISAC consider the continued entry of Russian societies in the global network.

“We do not wish to punish the pro-peace Russian community of composers, musicians and publishers, and we will work with the global community to identify opportunities to amplify protest voices.”

PRS added in its statement: “We will be reaching out to all of our members based in Ukraine to provide our support in their time of need and are working with the Member Fund. PRS members to support them financially.”

Following today’s action by PRS, senior figures in the music publishing community are questioning why one of the world’s most prominent collectors’ associations had to make the decision to take unilateral action against Russia, instead being part of an organized global effort to do so.

All eyes are now on CISAC, the International Association of Authors and Composers Associations – the world’s largest network of international authors’ associations – which, at the time of publication, still considers Russia’s RAO to be one of its members.


Details of the RAO continue to appear on the CISAC member directory on its website

A US-based senior source in the global music publishing industry told MBW today that they “can’t believe this has to be done unilaterally.” [by PRS] and CISAC cannot evict RAO”.

They added: “It’s really wild at this point.”

In addition to PRS and RAO, CISAC members include AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, BMI, SESAC, GEMASTIM, SACEM and SOCAN.

However, the PRS is not the only collection organization that has unilaterally severed ties with Russia’s RAO.

Another source in the global music publishing community told MBW that the Italian Association of Authors and Composers, SIAE, decided to stop paying RAO last week.

The SIAE released a separate statement last week, signed by President Giulio Rapetti Mogol and seen by MBW, condemning Russia’s act of aggression.

The SIAE statement to members noted that “friendly relations with Russian writers and artists remain strong, but it is necessary to demonstrate SIAE’s opposition to war and aggression”.

“We do not wish to punish the pro-peace Russian community of composers, musicians and publishers, and we will work with the global community to identify opportunities to amplify protest voices.”

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Spotify announced last week that it would close its offices in Russia “indefinitely” but plans to keep its service “operating in Russia to enable the global flow of information”.

All three majors have donations for organizations focused on the Ukrainian people.Worldwide music business

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