APRA AMCOS signs world first deal with Pioneer DJ - First Performing Right Association to use KUVO to enhance royalty distribution for music played in nightclubs.

Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014

APRA AMCOS and Pioneer Corporation have signed a landmark agreement to use Pioneers new web service product (KUVO) in Australia to capture the music played by DJs in nightclubs, venues and at festivals. 

The deal will allow APRA AMCOS to accurately capture and distribute royalties based on the music metadata reported through KUVO. This will supplement the data already obtained through club charts, selected broadcast logs and music recognition technology, provided by Dutch company DJ monitor. 

The deal was recently signed in Japan and announced at the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE). The deal has been endorsed by the Association for Electronic Music (AFEM). The association has been campaigning for better use of monitoring technology to help with distribution payments to their members.

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CEO of AFEM Mark Lawrence said:

"This is a significant show of support for the AFEM Get Played Get Paid campaign. It is testament to the forward thinking and dynamic team at APRA AMCOS that they have signed the first deal of its kind to use Pioneer's KUVO data in Australia.

"It is amazing to see what the music industry can achieve when it pulls together to make sure that artists and writers get paid when their music is played. I am certain that, where APRA AMCOS has led, others will soon follow."

APRA AMCOS Deputy Director of Writer Services Frank Rodi said it was an exciting new advancement for electronic music members to use KUVO metadata. APRA AMCOS' aim is to maximise opportunities for songwriters and music publishers to be paid when their music is played in nightclubs. We were early adopters of music recognition technology used in nightclubs and venues throughout Australia and are now the first collecting society in the world to sign a deal with Pioneer DJ for KUVO. 

APRA AMCOS will launch KUVO with participating nightclubs and venues in coming months with reported metadata utilised as part of royalty distributions early in 2015.   

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