In 2016, more than 4.3 trillion uses of music were reported to the Performing Rights Society (now PRS for Music) across the globe – a huge increase on the 126 billion for 2012.
This was one of the many facts revealed by Anne Miller, director of TV and film at Accorder Music Publishing, during a wide-ranging session on music rights at an RTS West of England workshop at the Square Club, Bristol, in late November.
She discussed copyright, the Independent Production Companies licence, fair dealing and fair use of parody, citing real life examples and taking audience questions throughout.
Miller also looked to the future and advised companies to “get smart now”– audio recognition for ads, using Soundmouse’s music recognition technology, has arrived in the UK. In the next few years, it will be extended to TV and film.
She highlighted music options for production companies, including commercial, composer, buy-out and library options, adding: “People don’t think about [music] early enough in the production process.”
Miller offered advice on how to approach a composer, pointing out that composed music is valuable IP for producers to retain: it’s bespoke and helps to build creative relationships.