Performance Royalties: Shows, songs and settlements

Friday 4 March 2016
14:00 – 15:00
Room 2
Chair: Jon Webster, MMF (UK)



Without songwriters there would be no music business and nothing to tour. Writers have a right to be paid for their works when performed live, and the performance royalty tariffs set and agreed by collection societies in each market ensure that they are. But with recent rate increases and reviews, and the distribution of income unclear in some markets, it’s a complex and changing system. Jon Webster leads a cast of guest speakers and specialists as we examine the present state of the relationship between international collection societies, artist and writer managers, and the concert and festival promoters who foot the bill. 

Guest speakers include:
Anthony Addis, Brontone Ltd (UK)
Paul Crockford, Paul Crockford Management (UK)
Maria Forte, Maria Forte Music Services Ltd (UK)
Martin Vierrath, GEMA (DE)
John Sweeney, SESAC (US)


About Jon Webster:

Jon Webster spent the early part of his career at Richard Branson’s Virgin Group initially Virgin Retail where he researched the Virgin Megastore concept before its launch in London.

In 1981 Jon moved to the record label working in sales, marketing and international before becoming Managing Director in 1988. He worked with world famous acts such as Mike Oldfield, Genesis, Culture Club, Simple Minds, Phil Collins, Human League and UB40. Jon was instrumental in the founding of the Now! That’s What I Call Music brand which has sold over 100 million units worldwide.

After the sale to EMI in 1992 he became a consultant working with many of the acts above with whom he had developed a great working relationship. He has been a manager, founded the Mercury Music Prize, worked for the BPI but left in 2007 and now is President of the Music Managers Forum.


About Paul Crockford:

Born in Catford in 1958, Paul went to Southampton University in 1976 to study Environmental Economics where he became the youngest ever social secretary in the history of the National Union of Students

1980 - 1987 Outlaw Management Ltd/Outlaw Concerts Ltd

Promoted on average 650 concerts a year, becoming the largest independent concert promoter in the UK. Promoted acts including Dire Straits, Genesis, The Police, Eric Clapton, The Cure, The Smiths, Echo and Bunnymen. 

He simultaneously developed a management roster representing Teardrop Explodes, Tears for Fears, and Level 42.

In 1987 he left Outlaw to start Paul Crockford Management, managing Level 42, The Blow Monkeys, The Blessing and Brendan Croker and then joined forces with Jolyon Burnham managing The 60FT Dolls, Pete Wylie, 4 of Us, Corduroy.

In 2000 he agreed to manage Mark Knopfler/Dire Straits who he continues to represent.

In Paul’s career he has overseen major tours in every territory and has also found time to be a consultant for Manchester United, RFU, and all the major record labels as well as acting as management advisor for Mike Tyson.

Paul is currently managing Mark Knopfler, Danny Thompson, and Co-Managing Paul Simon, and The Australian Pink Floyd Show.


About Maria Forte: 

Maria Forte has worked in the music industry for three decades. She began at Virgin Music (Publishers) in the late seventies where she remained until the sale of the Virgin Group to the EMI Group in 1992, when she joined EMI Music Publishing. She returned to Virgin 4 years later and was a cofounder of V2Music Publishing. This was followed by a spell as COO at MusicState, a digital online source for pre-cleared commercial music for synch. She joined Sanctuary Music Publishing in 2002 and in July 2006 she created her own company, Maria Forte Music Services Ltd., offering consultancy and management skills to artists, writers, music firms and
music related business. She specializes in rights management, working with her clients either in an advisory capacity or on specific projects within this area, on a short or long term basis.

Some of her clients past and present include Fintage House, Amnesty International, Warner Chappell Music, Omnifone; Modest! Management, Spotify, Radiohead, Iron Maiden, Soul II Soul and David Lewis Gedge for both The Wedding Present and
Cinerama and his label Scopitones.


About Martin Vierrath:

Working for GEMA since 2004 in different roles, Martin is currently the assistant to the director of the GEMA branch situated in Germany’s second-largest city Hamburg.

He is an expert in tariffing matters, i.e. concerts of all kinds and sizes, dance venues, background music, audio-visual-productions.

He also makes music in his spare time on an amateur level and is interested in a broad range of almost all musical styles.


About Anthony Addis:

Anthony Addis has been in the music and entertainment industry for 42 years, as an accountant, tax advisor, and for the last 14 years, as the manager of Muse, Geri Halliwell, and presently The Poges and an exciting band named Jordan Allen


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