On your marks… start declaring: the 2017 PlayList is online

PlayRight hast just uploaded the PlayList for reference year 2017 to your portal.

In order to calculate your rights in Belgium for music recordings, PlayRight uses two distribution parameters; playlists of Belgian radios for open reference years and Ultratop sales lists. These playlists are now available through your online portal, listed by reference year. Learn more about the PlayList menu

Deadline for your declarations: 31st of December 2018

You have until the  31/12/2018  to :

  • declare your audiovisual recordings for the reference years 2011 & 2012,
  • and to declare your music recordings of the reference year 2015.

IMPORTANT: Regardless of the recording year (if it does not exceed 70 years), be aware that a performance may continue to generate rights even after its first year of broadcast. On the other hand, declaring your entire repertoire also allows us to collect your rights abroad.

On your marks… 

You are now set to declare your contributions in a few clicks, from playlists that PlayRight uses as a distribution parameter in the Belgium territory. To do such, log in to your  online portal and click on the PlayList menu. Finally, please note that this tool is specific to music recordings.


PlayRight closes the distribution of music rights for 2014 at 7.2 million euros

PlayRight has just distributed all neighbouring rights for music recordings that were broadcast in Belgium in 2014. This distribution represents a total amount of 7.2 MILLION EUROS and permanently closes the distribution of the neighbouring rights for this reference year.


Music 2014 – Please note that this is the final, and therefore permanent, distribution of rights for this reference year.

A first distribution for these rights was realized in 2015 for this reference year (1.5 million euros). For this last distribution, your rights were calculated based on the repertoire that you declared before December 31th 2017, deadline to declare your recordings for this reference year.


The rights distributed come from the private copying, the lending rights and the equitable remuneration.



 To calculate your rights on the Belgian territory for music recordings, PlayRight matches the repertoires of the music recordings declared with :

  • the playlists of radio stations and audience ratings
  • and the Ultratop sales figures.


 The performers (or their representatives) have six months after this payment to inform us with any objections to this distribution. Do not hesitate to contact your account manager.



Our offices are closed today. The PlayRight team will be back on Monday.


Call for applications: Join PlayRight Board

The Board of Directors is the decision-making body of our management company. Among other things, it outlines the strategy of PlayRight. As such, the Board is crucial when it comes to defending the rights of the performers.

We would therefore like to invite you to become a member of this Board of directors, and take an active part in the management of your company. Help shape its projects, plans and future vision.

This year, four administrator mandates are to be filled:

  •   A French speaking musician,
  •  A Dutch speaking musician
  • A French speaking actress/actor
  • A Dutch speaking actress /actor.

French and Dutch being the national languages, we ask you to send us your application in one of these two languages. On the other hand, please note that the General Assembly is held in both languages.

Get involved in YOUR management society and apply for the mandate that corresponds to your main artistic activity.

How? Send your application to , along with:

  • A short personal presentation (‘curriculum vitae’),
  • And a picture (accepted formats: JPEG / PNG) in two separate files.

Applications must be submitted no later than Friday, May 4th.

Your application will then be communicated to the shareholders, so that they can elect their candidate(s) during the General Assembly that takes place on MONDAY, JUNE 18th.

Additional Info: In due time you will receive your official invitation to the General Assembly (both in French and Dutch) and will have access to the online tool to confirm your presence. Meanwhile, note the date of MONDAY, JUNE 18th (from 1pm) in your calendar. Please also note that the General Assembly will be followed by an event and a drink, to which you are warmly invited.


Your tax form 281.45 available in your online portal

The annual tax declarations are coming up and you will need your tax form 281.45 for the taxation year 2018 (incomes 2017). PlayRight has just made this form available for you in your online portal: to download it, log in and click on your “Details” menu under the tab “documents”. If you need more information, you can also read our guide “What about my taxes”.

This fiscal form contains the amount of neighbouring rights distributed to you by PlayRight in 2017. In order to complete your tax declaration this year, you will require the amounts indicated in the form 281.45.

Please note that from this year on the tax administration will no longer perceive your neighbouring rights as professional income, unless proven otherwise (learn more here).

Careful! If another collective management society also distributed you copyrights and/or neighbouring rights, you must declare them in the same section.

Please note that you can complete your electronic tax declaration until July 13th 2018 via Tax on web. If you choose the standard paper declaration, you have until June 29th 2018.

If you have any questions about our document, do not hesitate to contact your Account Manager. For any questions specific to your tax declaration, you can contact SPF Finances directly, by calling 02/572.57.57.


Royalties remain royalties until proven otherwise

Good news! The Court of Cassation has recently put an end to the practice of the tax administration consisting of automatically taxing income from neighbouring rights and copyright in excess of the ceiling of 59 970 EUR (for 2018) as professional income.

Since 2013 all income deriving from neighbouring rights and copyright must be declared in your tax return, under the heading of movable property. This means the sum of all your income from neighbouring rights and copyright. Not only the amount you receive from PlayRight, but also what you might receive from another CMO or from a producer.

Up to the limit of EUR 59,970 you are entitled to a favorable withholding tax of 15%. Above this ceiling, the general withholding tax for movable property must be applied, in particular 30%.

Unfounded requalification

But, in practice, the tax administration automatically added this income to your professional income, which meant that it was taxed at a progressive rate of 25% to 50%. And this usually was detrimental to the performing artist. And so, the Court of Cassation was asked to take a decision on this.

The Court did not accept the automatic requalification and decided that from now on it is up to the tax administration to prove that income from neighbouring rights is professional income. Failing that, royalties remain royalties, also for the part that exceeds the ceiling of € 59,970.

Request a revision!

And that is good news! If you have recently been personally affected by such an automatic reclassification, be sure to request a revision.



Today PlayRight has distributed international neighbouring rights for music and audiovisual recordings among its affiliated artists. The corresponding amounts will be transferred to their accounts over the coming five business days.

What are international rights?

Any artists who affiliates himself with PlayRight, has the option to grant a worldwide mandate in his contract. Based on agreements with our sister societies abroad, we receive information on how the repertoire of our artists is used in over 40 countries. This allows us to collect the retributions accordingly.

Neighbouring rights coming from abroad are calculated according to the rules of the local collecting society. PlayRight does check the quality of their data in detail and handles the payment of all calculated rights once received.

What is this distribution based on?

A distributions of international rights can contain several reference years, for music and/or audio-visual recordings. This particular distribution of international rights handles following territories and reference years:

PlayRight takes a 5% fee from the amount of international rights collected after 1 December 2016, as do collection societies abroad.

In August 2018 we will perform a second  international distribution. Check here for our distribution calendar and information on this year’s deadlines.

Further questions?

Contact your account manager or send an email to . You can also consult the frequently asked questions here:


The 2018 distribution calendar is online!

The program is booked for 2018 and PlayRight will realise the next distributions:

2018 deadlines: there are three references years for which you’ll have to declare your works before the 31th of December 2018:

  • Audiovisual: declare your recordings for the references years 2011 & 2012,
  • Music: declare your recordings for the reference year 2015.

The coming distribution will be realised by the end of February and will include rights collected abroad for the artists who gave us a mandate to do such. The full 2018 calendar and deadlines is available here and in our homepage.

This is a provisional calendar and it is subject to change in the future. If this is the case, PlayRight will inform you.



PlayRight new year’s drink – 22/01/2018

We are very pleased to invite you to our New Year’s Drink, that will take place on Monday 22nd of January from 7PM at the Beursschouwburg (silver room + rooftop bar at the 5th floor).  We will raise our glasses to a new year, that we hope will be creative and promising for the future of neighbouring rights.

Please confirm your presence (1 or 2 persons) before Wednesday, 17th of January through

PlayRight hopes to see you all there. See you soon!


The PlayRight team wishes you happy holidays

The PlayRight team wishes you happy Holidays. Please also mark the following date in your agenda for our New Year’s drink: Monday, January 22nd 2018  (a save the date will be sent to you in January on this subject).

Our office will be closed from December 22nd till January 1st 2018.