Brazilian Union of Composers Reports Growth in Membership, Cinema Royalties

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The music rights management organization made key agreements with digital services and the Brazilian Association of Multiplex Cinema Operator Companies in 2018

The Brazilian Union of Composers (UBC) saw a 14% rise in membership in 2018, to 29,000, according to a new report from the collective rights management organization in a year characterized by key new agreements with digital video and music services, including Amazon Video, Facebook, Google Play Music and TIM by Deezer. Royalties from on-line platforms saw a growth rate of 48.6%.

Notably, cinema-related royalties collected by UBC grew 504% percent over 2017, the fruit of a new agreement with the Brazilian Association of Multiplex Cinema Operator Companies (ABRAPLEX), representing 7.4% of UBC’s total distribution.

In total, UBC distributed 524.3 million Brazilian reals ($129.712 million) in 2018 to 186,000 national and international rights holders, a 25% increase compared to the previous year. Those rights holders included creators not directly signed to UBC who are members of international rights societies including BMI, ASCAP, SACAM and GEMA. From 2017 to 2018 the number of rights holders paid rose by 25%, even as the 2018 distribution amount dropped 13.3% compared to 2017.

"More and more, diversity has become our most apt expression,” Marcelo Castello Branco, executive director of UBC, said in an introduction to the report, calling 2018 “an intense year” for the 76-year-old organization. "We are present across Brazil and around the world, through our bilateral and unilateral contracts, represented by our repertoire and creators."

Brazil’s Central Office for Collection and Distribution (ECAD), which collects royalties for the country’s seven collective rights management associations for music rights (Socinpro, Sicam, Sbacem, Assim, Amar, Abramus and UBC), collected a total of 1.106 billion reals (almost $275 billion) in 2018. The UBC report notes that its repertoire represents 57% of ECAD's market share based on the total amount distributed by ECAD for the year.

According to the 2018 Global Collection Report from CISAC (The International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers), Brazil is the 8th largest market in royalty collection.


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