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ECCO Distribution 101: Resolving Share Split Disputes
Posted: Tuesday April 18 2017 by Christine "Chrycee" Charlemagne

Ahh, Music Utopia. Who wouldn’t want to live there? Free from conflict, misunderstanding and dispute; a world where copyright infringements are absolutely unheard of; where music creatives are compensated fairly for their creations. Alas we haven’t yet been able to achieve Music Utopia, and in today’s world misunderstanding, miscommunication, lack of sufficient music business knowledge and in some cases plain old greed can inevitably lead to...

ECCO Distribution 101: Allocation of Performance Rights Shares
Posted: Monday April 10 2017 by Christine "Chrycee" Charlemagne

For as long as you’ve known yourself music has all but consumed you. Sweet melodies always seem to be on replay in your mind and lyrics and poetry all but ooze through you. As a youngster you dreamt of the day you’d finally cut your first record and now that day has come. After years of dreaming, vying and longing you’ve finally been able to collaborate with a composer and studio engineer to complete and release your first song. You and your...

How the Use of Your music in Films can generate Lucrative Income for You
Posted: Wednesday March 01 2017 by Christine "Chrycee" Charlemagne

In a previous ECCO blog post  we presented synchronization licensing as an additional source of music-related income worth exploring by music creators within the Eastern Caribbean.

Synchronization Licensing is defined by CDbaby.com as “the process of playing an existing composition and/ or audio recording in conjunction with a moving picture of any kind: TV show, commercial, film, video game, corporate presentation, Youtube clip, etc. (Or on...

Careful with that Song Mash-Up: Understanding Moral Rights and Infringements
Posted: Wednesday February 15 2017

Tune into to radio in the Caribbean, or the DJ segment at a fete and you’ll likely hear a mash-up of two of your favourite songs; as the lyrics and melody of one song is combined with the beat and instrumental of another. Alternatively you may hear a sped-up version of a particular song. While the result may be a widely enjoyable audio combination, the modification of the works may constitution an infringement of the moral rights of the...

Related Rights Administration: Phonogram Producer? Who is that exactly?
Posted: Friday February 10 2017 by Chrycee "Chrycee" Charlemagne


In our last article we touched on the fact that ECCO is moving toward the administration of Related Rights, which will open up a new stream of music royalties within the OECS territories administered by ECCO, which would directly benefit performers on sound recordings and phonogram producers.


The reality of music within our region is that most music professionals wear multiple hats, so it’s likely that if you’re already a songwriter...

ECCO to Administer Related Rights: What does that mean for music professionals?
Posted: Wednesday February 08 2017 by Christine "Chrycee" Charlemagne

As a music professional based in the Eastern Caribbean the fact that the Eastern Caribbean Collective Organization for Music Rights (ECCO) is this year moving towards the administration of Related Rights is something which could possibly have a positive effect on your music earnings.  For starters, it means there will be another stream of music royalties generated in our region—related rights royalties, which will be payable to performers and...

Understanding Music Rights and Intellectual Property: What are my rights anyway?
Posted: Saturday November 19 2016


For as long as you could understand yourself, music has been your passion. You grew up surrounded by music—in church; at home. You gravitated towards music; always humming, singing, writing, playing or listening to music. Music constantly beckoned to you so now you’ve decided to seriously answer that call and pursue music not just as a hobby but as a career. Now you’re avidly creating a new sound; a new melody; well-crafted lyrics. You...

Your Music Team: Supporting Your Career (Part Two)
Posted: Monday October 31 2016 by Christine "Chrycee" Charlemagne

Simply put, many roles and jobs go into the success of popular musicians—a fact we touched on in our previous blog post “Your Music Team: Supporting Your Career,” where we examined the makeup of the music team often found behind a successful author (songwriter, composer and arranger), and a successful performer.

Notably the referenced teams presented by David Stopps, author of How to Make a Living from Music—a book presented by the World...

Your Music Team: Supporting your Career
Posted: Saturday October 29 2016 by Christine "Chrycee" Charlemagne

If you take the time to examine the models of successful businesses throughout the world—regardless of company size and location—you’ll likely find that beyond emphasis on the actual product or service they offer, there are key components they all pay keen attention to which play a major part in their success. Planning, Marketing, Financial Management and Customer Service.


The same applies in music business! After all if the only focus...

Posted: Tuesday October 25 2016 by Christine "Chrycee" Charlemagne

His is an undeniable legacy. A feat which he himself considers his greatest to date.

True, it was as a school boy in his Saint Lucian hometown of Soufriere that the name ‘Arthur’ stuck with him—on account of his admiration for cricketer, Keith Arthurton. If you even remotely follow his journey, you’ll know just how passionate he is about cricket, so it’s no wonder it played a part in cementing his nickname. He recalls that while growing...