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The newly-created Eligible Studio Producers Form ensures producers are properly paid for qualifying non-audile contributions, writes Erica Basnicki

SINCE 2002, a producer’s non- audible contributions to a record have been eligible for royalty payments. However, supplying confirmation of those contributions to PPL has historically not been administratively easy for studio producers to do. To that end, PPL has created the Eligible Studio Producers Form, designed to provide evidence of a studio producer’s performance at the time of recording. The new initiative has the full support of the Music Producers Guild (MPG). “A producer has always been

able to qualify, but many producers didn’t realise that they qualified, or how they qualified, and that was the problem,” says Steve Levine, chairman of the MPG. “There have been recent examples of major artists querying the rights of the studio music producer to receive this equitable remuneration on previous, often legacy, sound recordings they worked on. These have been dealt with by PPL on a case-by-case basis, as very often there is little or no documentation, and the memory of events and the original sessions can change over time. This has resulted in substantial additional

CHINA AES expands in China By Erica Basnicki

THE FIRST AES section in mainland China has been formed, following a series of meetings between AES regions

and sections chair Peter Cook and Shusen Wang, a long-time AES member and VP of a Beijing broadcasting company. Prior to 2004, AES membership numbers in China

administration time and costs for PPL and in some cases lengthy and acrimonious disputes between producers, artists and their managers.” These disputes were the

catalyst for discussions between several industry organisations, including the MPG, on formulating a mechanism by which all parties can agree, at the point of recording, what contributions have been made on a track. By signing the Eligible Studio

Producers Form, an artist or band acknowledges that the producer ‘conducted or gave a similar musical direction’ to a performance, and accepts the producer may have the right to receive a non-featured

performer’s share of royalties. Claims must still first be approved by PPL. Peter Filleul, former executive

Steve Levine: “This is a huge step forward for all producers”

director of the Association of Professional Recording Services (APRS) and chairman of the European Sound Directors’ Association, added: “The new form at least acknowledges the possibility that some studio producers may make a contribution to a sound recording that is worthy of compensation for its performance. This development is evidence of a growing understanding of the value of the production role and should serve as valuable argument for change wherever a producer’s contribution goes unrecognised.” Levine added: “Those

producers who don’t play or sing on a record, but who act as a modern-day ‘conductor’ are

were in single digits, rising to 45 by 2006. They remained static until late May 2012, when Cook made presentations to members of the China Audio and Video Association (CAVA). Following those meetings a group of Chinese AES members discussed a Beijing section with Cook, and Wang was unanimously invited to chair the For the latest studio news

PPL empowers producers

The form is designed to provide evidence of a studio producer’s performance at the time of recording

making an inaudible contribution to the performance, and therefore are entitled to equitable remuneration. This new form is clarifying the position as it has been for a while.” The form is also useful to document when, as an example, a session musician is called in to replace an original performance, or for a remix. “What happens is, sometimes people say ‘well I was on that session, I got paid, here’s my invoice’ and if it’s 20 years later, people can’t remember,” said Levine. The Eligible Studio Producers

Form is available to download from PPL’s website. The new system will be trialled for an initial period of one year and the MPG encourages feedback and suggestions for improvement. n

section. AES membership has since more than doubled. “The seriousness and passion demonstrated by the AES members I met with in Beijing was deeply impressive,” said Cook. “They are fully committed to all the fundamental elements that make the AES an invaluable forum for professional audio.”n


PMC Loudspeakers has further enhanced it presence in the Nordic region through the appointment of Stereo Helsinki as its exclusive distributor for Finland. Stereo Helsinki is now responsible for the distribution of PMC’s range of consumer and professional products to its network of retailers and resellers across the country.

The UK’s Rimshot Studios (see PSNEuropeMay 2012) and mixer/producer James Reynolds are the latest to invest in a pair of Unity Audio three-way active Boulder monitors. Reynolds, whose credits include Jessie J, Tinchy Stryder and Tinie Tempah, comments: “The mids and tops are not hyped (they) give me a really flat frequency response which is so important for the commercial hip hop tracks I tend to mix.”

Alchemea College has partnered with Anglia Ruskin University to provide its Studio Sound Diploma graduates with a degree pathway. Any student that has passed Alchemea’s Diploma in Studio Sound Engineering since 2007 may be eligible to enroll on to year two of Anglia Ruskin’s BSc (Hons) Audio and Music Technology. The university is currently building a new recording studio complex, which will be ready for their next degree intake in October 2012.

Scotland-based Castlesound Studios has installed aSolid State Logic AWS 948 hybrid

console/controller, recently used to complete music tracks for Pixar’s feature Brave. The AWS 948 replaces an original AWS 900, providing the studio with an expanded channel count to adequately handle larger

productions. “The AWS 948 builds on the tradition established with our AWS 900 of recording acoustic music for jazz, Scottish traditional, rock and pop artists,” says Stuart Hamilton, Castlesound owner.

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