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.

PlayRight has distributed 2.9 million euros of neighbouring rights for audiovisual works (2010 & 2013)

PlayRight has distributed more than 2.9 million euros of rights for audiovisual recordings broadcast in Belgium. This is a final distribution for the recordings broadcast in 2010, and first distribution for the recordings broadcast in 2013.

Audiovisual 2010 – Please note that this is the last, and therefore definitive, distribution of rights for this reference year. You or your representative have up to six months after this payment to inform us with any objections to this distribution. A first allocation of rights for this reference year had taken place in 2014. Your rights were calculated based on your repertoire, as it was declared up until 31st December 2016: This being the deadline to declare audiovisual recordings for that reference period.

Audiovisual 2013: This distribution is based on the declared repertoires as registered in our database. If you still have recordings to declare for this period, you have until the 31st of December 2019 to do so.


Where do my rights neighboring come from for an audiovisual distribution?

Unlike musical works, only two remunerations are behind your rights as an actor and / or as a musician whose musical performances are used in audiovisual works:

 Although PlayRight makes every effort to extend the scope of neighboring rights for audiovisual works (cable rights or equitable remuneration for the audiovisual works), the source of remuneration for the audiovisual works is much less important than for musical works in Belgium. The two distributions that PlayRight has just made come from the private copying and lending rights reserved for performers for audiovisual recordings. The total amount for the closing distribution of 2010 is 2.5 million euros for the closing of the 2010 rights and 383.000 euros for the first distribution of the 2013 rights.

What artistic performances generate rights for an audiovisual distribution?

From the moment a performer realises an artistic performance within an audiovisual work, this performance is likely to generate neighbouring rights: this extends from a performance within an audiovisual work, to a performance in dubbing and / or postsynchronization or even music in an audiovisual recording. Any distribution by PlayRight is based on declared repertoire, each artist must declare his artistic performances. We then match your declared repertoire and the playlists from the TV channel addressed to a Belgian audience. However, the data in our possession (the broadcast list for each TV channel) aren’t very detailed. Your Account Manager has to look for a set of crucial information before we can match your declaration with the lists we receive.

How were these rights distributed?

An amount of rights is allocated for each audiovisual work, according to its duration and audience rate. The overall amount allocated to the work is then divided among the performers, according to their role in the recording (A: main role, B: second role, C: small role).

For the final distribution of 2010, only television channels with an audience rate greater than 2.5% were taken into account: EEN, CANVAS/KETNET, CLUB RTL, 2BE, La Une, La Deux, RTL TVI, VT4 and VTM.

For the first distribution of 2013, a list of the television channels to be taken into consideration and the minimum audience rate to be reached by each audiovisual program to be taken into account were fixed by the Board, in accordance with our general regulations. This list and this minimum rate can be adapted annually; they are published on the PlayRight website. For each audiovisual program which contains one or more artistic performances, PlayRight attributes a weight, which is based on the audience rate the duration of the work. The weight of each identified audiovisual work will determine the amount of rights to be allocated among the performers present on the recording.

Based on these parameters, the programs for which we have made a first distribution come from the following TV channels: 2BE, Canvas, Club Rtl, EEN, Ketnet, La deux, La une, Plug Rtl, RTL TVI, VIER, VIJF, Vitaya and VTM.

For lack of having all the statements for each record at the time of a first distribution, PlayRight realizes a virtual casting for each work. Such an operation freezes the rights of potential artists who have not yet declared their services.

If you have specific questions about these two distributions, do not hesitate to contact your Account Manager (his details appear in the left pane, once connected to your online portal).

This was the last distribution of the year 2017.


PlayRight has performed a first distribution for the neighbouring rights for music recordings, for the reference year 2016.  This is a distribution of equitable remuneration, private copy and lending rights collected for the music broadcast and/or exploited in 2016. PlayRight has distributed  3.460.000 € for this first distribution.


For each distribution of music rights, PlayRight matches the repertoires of the music recordings declared with the playlists of radio stations and the Ultratop sales figures for the Belgian territory.


Which radio stations are included in PlayRight playlists?


We aspire maximum transparency and ease of use. In our online portal, affiliated musicians can now access these playlists themselves through our new PlayList menu and declare their repertoire in a few clicks.


Each distribution is based on the repertoires, as they were declared by our musicians or their representatives. Those who have not done their declarations until now, or have yet to complete it, can do this until 31 December 2019. After this date, the reference year 2016 will be closed, and a last distribution is executed.


Are you a performing artist, but not affiliated with PlayRight? Are you not registered with a sister organisation abroad either? Take some time to register now, free of charge!

Offices closed on 1st and 2nd of November

Our offices are closed on the 1st and 2nd of November. The PlayRight team will be back on Friday.

Declare your repertoire before the 31st of December 2017

In preparation for the 2018 distributions, affiliated artists must declare their repertoire before the 31st of December.

Basic principles

Rights are always distributed, for one or several reference years, in two stages: a first distribution and a final distribution, aiming to distribute the collected rights for a specific period. The duration between both distributions allows affiliated artistes to declare their repertoire for the recordings that may generate rights, but it also allows the organisations in charge to collect all the remunerations behind your neighbouring rights. Such a duration may also explain a difference of amounts between a first and a final distribution.

DEADLINE: 31/12/2017

In 2018, PlayRight will make a final distribution of music rights for the reference year 2014. This calculation will be based only on declarations made up to the 31st of December 2017.  Any declarations made after this date will not be taken into account, meaning that they will not generate rights for this reference year. Therefore, make sure your repertoire is up-to-date!

 “Participation to declare”? Once logged in your online portal, you might notice in the left column the indications of participation to declare. Please note that the deadline is also applicable to those contributions. As long as you have not declared them, they can’t be taken into account and will not generate rights.


  • Declare your contributions in a few clicks thanks to the new PlayList menu,
  • Please take into account that PlayRight will be closed during the Holidays as from 22/12 until 01/01.Therefore, the availability of your Account Manager may be reduced during this period. Please norte that a complete list of the declarations, made by either yourself or your representative, is available to you via the PlayRight portal.

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:



100.000.000 EUR paid out since 2013

This week we hit the mark of 100 million EUR. This is the amount of rights we have distributed among our affiliated artists since 2013.

Even though PlayRight has caught up with its predecessor for the distribution of music rights, there is still a lot of work ahead. We can take pride in this achievement. Last year, for instance, we collected over 18,7 million EUR. That same year our affiliated artists were payed no less than 20 million EUR.

We keep our nose to the grindstone, one day at the time, and if required we will keep knocking at government doors, in order to create a framework in which each artist is given the rights he or she deserves. For each and every one of you.