What is Neighbouring Rights?

Animal Collective
Bob Moses
Loraine James
Every recording has two copyrights

Sound recording

Recording of the performance

    Who gets paid?
  • Rights Owner
  • Performers


Melody & lyrics

    Who gets paid?
  • Songwriters
  • Composers
  • Publishers
How revenue is collected

Neighbouring rights is revenue derived from the use of recorded music when it is performed in public or broadcast on radio or TV around the world.

There are collection societies in over 50 countries that collect this revenue from local licensees including bars, restaurants, local radio and TV stations and other music users.

The revenue collected is typically split 50/50 between the label that owns the sound recording copyright and the relevant performers who played on the sound recording. For performers this is featured artists, session musicians and, in some countries, producers.

Neighbouring rights revenue is worth over £2 billion globally accounting for around 9.4% of total recorded music revenues - this is ahead of download and synchronisation revenues combined. In 2022 global revenue from neighbouring rights increased by 8.6% and with growth being seen year on year from emerging markets and increased licensing activity in key territories it is an ever vital source of income for artists, labels, rights owners and the industry.

There are different rights available in different territories.

We can access a range of income sources for you.