A PlayRight+ prize for the Jazz section of the Royal Conservatory of Brussels

After visiting the Gent School of Arts, PXL Music and Arts2 , PlayRight+ continues its tour and made a stop at the Jazz station this Tuesday 17th of October to award Julien Gillain, a young graduate at the Jazz section of the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, the PlayRight+ prize.

Julien received a master’s degree in Jazz Piano (taught by Eric Legnini) and another masters in Jazz Violin (under Françoise Derissen) last September, and was invited to perform at the Jazz station to celebrate the occasion. This marks the beginning of a career we wish to be both long and creative for him.

Julien made it through a double curriculum, which means he masters both instruments.  He was selected by his teachers at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels jazz section after graduation.

Julien Gillain was chosen for his attitude – always curious and open towards music, his talent, his seriousness, his perseverance and the way he exhorts himself in his work, during all his courses. He applies great sincerity and generosity towards his colleagues during the projects in which he participates, as well as his own projects.

The teachers at the jazz section of the Royal Conservatory of Brussels would like to highlight all these qualities that combine in a double instrumentalist, both pianist and violinist. This is why he was selected to receive Playright+ Prize.  To honor the efforts and the talent of a young emerging musician who just completed a master’s degree at the Conservatory, was self-evident.”

Collaborating on projects throughout Europe, Julien Gillain is also a member of a Hardbop quintet called Dat Mess‘, which you can discover here:




The two winners of a PlayRight+ prize at arts au carré are…

The academic year is officially launched and with it, PlayRight + continues to award prizes to the students who just finished their Master. The latest laureates have just completed their studies at Arts2, the Royal Conservatory of Mons.

Proclamations & graduation

PlayRight+ offers all Belgian universities the opportunity to award a PlayRight+ prize to the graduating young musicians and actors. The prize is awarded to those who have distinguished themselves during their training and studies as a performing artist. Our first collaboration with the teaching team and the Direction of Art2 allowed two students, selected by their teachers, to receive an award during the proclamations.

The cream of the theatre’s teaching team, held by Frédéric Dussenne, Bernard Cogniaux, Bernard Clair and Sylvie Landuyt (Director of the Theatre department) have selected Guillaume Druez :

Guillaume has this rare quality in the actors to show both great command and a magnificent permeability to the moment. He combines technical power and frailty. He is a team player, rigorous and attentive. Guillaume explores all facets of his body, his language, the stage and in different temporal durations. He hungers theatrical and performative experiments. This is where his talent lies, in the multiplicity and complexity of the theatre. He is dedicated and blossoms in several roles, he keeps transforming and surprising others, always on the edge, taking risks. He can appear out of nothing and make a strong impact.

He also developed an exciting personal writing style, combining the absurd, comedy, poetry and emotion. He carries his own projects with great success.”

Guillaume Druez (PlayRight+ Prize for the dramatic Arts section ) and Ludovic Monnier (PlayRight+ Prize for the Music section)

For the music section, the panel chose Ludovic Monnier. The guitar graduate also won the Public Competition held in June 2017 by Arts2.

The career of Ludovic Monnier at the Royal Music Academy of Mons is exemplary: an exploration voyage with an open mind, while a personal work discipline that allowed him to reach true artistic independence. It was no longer a student that the external jury discovered last June, but the assumed, captivated and concentrated recital of a young performer we want to come back to. We are pleased that the Playright+ Prize will be awarded to a particularly deserving student, also saluting his teachers and their gift to pass on talent, so indispensable to any student: Odair Assad, who could not make it to the award ceremony, Françoise-Emmanuelle Denis and Magali Rischette

The PlayRight+ prize tour is not over yet, as we will soon award a graduate of the Jazz section at the Brussels conservatory. New dates are already planned for 2018, do not hesitate to contact us at if you are interested.


PlayRight’s mandate in the RAWG has been renewed for 2018

During the previous SCAPR Working Group meeting, Johan Bex, our Attaché International Relations has been re-elected as the convener of the RAWG Working Group.


SCAPR is the international organisation that groups management companies of performing artists’ neighbouring rights. Its mission is, among others to agree on standards and best practices for the affiliated collecting societies and improve the transparency, exchange and efficiency of collective management.

RAWG (Rights and Administration Working Group) is comprised of experts involved in the international exchange between collecting societies. The main aim for the working group is to cooperate towards a consistent improvement of the implementation of our Bilateral Agreements, implying an increased flow of cross-border rights exchanges.

The RAWG participants meet in person four times a year at a location provided by one of the societies. These meetings allow us also to network with other societies and learn from their working habits. In addition to these meetings, we cooperate closely with sister societies, making them full partners to work with.

This increased cooperation encourages societies to invest heavily to improve their working methods so that performers will receive an increased number of rights from a higher number of territories in a quicker and more detailed manner.

The next meeting will be organised in November by Gramex, our Finnish partner.



Agreement between Adami & Spedidam: episode 2

Last October, the two collective management organisations who collect and distribute neighbouring rights in France signed a historic agreement. The purpose of the merge is to combine the two societies creating the SAI (“Société des Artistes Interprètes”).

Ten months later, the upcoming functions of the SAI are starting to take shape. First of all, SAI wants to introduce a French one stop-shop to exchange international rights , while both collecting societies are currently working separately. The second part of this agreement contains a joint implementation of the supplementary remuneration due to the extension of protection of neighbouring rights for music recordings, which is now extended to 70 years (previously, it was 50 years) in every country in Europe. Finally, the last point of the agreement focuses on the set-up of a joint distribution system for both collecting societies.

 This cooperation between Adami and Spedidam will be operational in  2020: such a project represents a significant step forwards  for the rights of performers.


2016 in figures

Let’s have a look in figures at 2016, during which PlayRight made seven distributions. For a full balance of this year, the 2016 annual report can be consulted under the section “documents” in French (Rapport annuel 2016) , and under the section “downloads” in Dutch (Jaarverslag 2016).


PlayRight can now collect your rights in Korea

Christophe Van Vaerenbergh (PlayRight Director) & Won Yong Kim (Chairman of FKMP)

Outside the SCAPR General Assembly, the international organisation that groups management companies of performing artists’ neighbouring rights, PlayRight has just signed a new bilateral agreement with FKMP. The Federation of Korean Music Performers manages, collects and distributes neighbouring rights in Korea.

This new bilateral agreement will allow PlayRight to collect rights of the affiliated members with a worldwide contract. This is the second convention signed for Asia, where PlayRight is already present, thanks to the agreement made with the Japanese Collective society.

More information about PlayRight international here.


When I stream ?

Every April 26, we celebrate World Intellectual Property Day. We celebrate the role IPR (intellectual property rights) has in encouraging creativity by linking creators with the exploitation of their artistic expressions.

But do they still? Can we really celebrate WIPD 2017? Take a guess!



PlayRight invites you to celebrate 2017 !

Many projects are in the pipeline for 2017. And to begin this new year the best way possible, PlayRight invites you to make a toast to a year that we hope will be promising for the future of neighbouring rights.
We expect you on Tuesday 24th of January 2017 from 7PM at the beursschouwburg (silver room + rooftop) to celebrate.

Please confirm your presence (1 or 2 persons) before the Thursday, 19th of January via


13 countries of Latin America where PlayRight can now collect your rights!

PlayRight just signed an historic agreement which groups thirteen countries of Latin America.

We are proud to announce the thirteen countries and sister companies PlayRight has a new agreement with: Chile (SCI), Colombia (ACINPRO) , Costa  Rica (AIE Costa Rica), Ecuador (SARIME), Guatemala (Musicartes)  Salvador, (ARIES), Mexico (EJE), Panama (PANAIE), Paraguay (AIE PARAGUAY), Peru (SONIEM), Dominican Republic (SODAIE), Uruguay (SUDEI) and Venezuela (AVINPRO). Please note that these companies are managing music rights only.

Along with our existing bilateral agreement in Brazil with ABRAMUS, this agreement is our most encompassing ever finalized. Because of this, PlayRight will soon be able to collect the rights in those countries and distribute them to the affiliated performers.

If you want to learn more about PlayRight International, click here.


Adami & Spedidam : two in one?

Adami and Spedidam are the two collective management organisations that are appointed by the French governement to collect and distribute neighbouring rights in and outside of France.

Adami and Spedidam are the two collective management organisations that are appointed by the French governement to collect and distribute neighbouring rights in and outside of France.

This week, these two societies have signed an historic agreement with the purpose “to combine the two societies in order to facilitate and strengthen the management of neighbouring rights for  performers”. This is why Adami and Spedidam have founded the society “Société des Artistes Interprètes (SAI)” with the purpose to gradually join all collections, distributions and payments to national and international performers by the year 2020.

The agreement, signed last Monday the 17th of October, provides for a unique point of contact to collect neighbouring rights which will make SAI the principal partner for PlayRight to internationally exchange French neighbouring rights for its members. Another part of the agreement: the different sets of distribution rules will be related and implemented for all performers of both societies. Until recently, performers were obliged to make a choice between both societies in order to fulfill the managerial needs for their category of performances. Both societies operated with a dissimilar set of distribution rules.

This is an important step forward for performers. PlayRight is pleased with this agreement and looks forward to its implementation in 2020.