APRA AMCOS forges new alliance with the Association for Electronic Music (AFEM)

In a reflection of APRA AMCOS’ ongoing commitment to supporting electronic music creators, they have announced a new partnership with the Association for Electronic Music (AFEM) as an affiliate member.

AFEM is the global voice for the electronic music industry, representing community, culture and commerce with a membership which spans industry sectors from Labels to Live, Managers to Media, Retail to Rights holders, Technology to Talent Agencies. With over 175 company members across 25 countries they connect their worldwide membership to develop opportunities and enable change.

AFEM’s work since 2014 on the Get Played Get Paid campaign has seen them drive rapid uptake in over 15 countries of music recognition technology in clubs and festivals to identify the music played by DJs, ensuring the fees paid by these events to performing and neighbouring rights organisations are increasingly paid out to the correct owners and creators of the music.

APRA AMCOS is one of the first music rights management organisations to join with the collective voice of AFEM’s membership, to provide lobbying power, educational platforms and business support for the electronic music sector locally and globally.

Leading the way for many years in utilising music recognition technology to ensure that creators who get played are getting more accurately paid, APRA AMCOS represents more than 20,000 electronic and dance music creators including Flume, Empire of the Sun, PNAU, Alison Wonderland, Rüfüs Du Sol, Sia, VASSY, along with APRA AMCOS Ambassadors Amba Shepherd, Jane Arnison, DJ John Ferris, Julian Hamilton (The Presets), KLP, Simon Lewicki (Groove Terminator), and David Goode, Ilan Kidron and Jonny Sonic (Potbelleez).

“APRA AMCOS is proud to be one of the first music rights management organisations to partner with the Association of Electronic Music as an affiliate member,” said Dean Ormston, APRA AMCOS Chief Executive. “Having already established music recognition technology in the electronic music sphere to accurately pay our songwriters, composers and right holders when their music is played, we’re looking forward to working with AFEM to further these efforts in the future.”

“APRA AMCOS stand out as a pioneering Collective Management Organisation (CMO) who committed to using music recognition technology at DJ events to ensure accurate royalty payments to creators and rightsholders, well before AFEM even launched the Get Played Get Paid campaign in 2014,” said Greg Marshall, General Manager AFEM.

“It is with great pleasure that we can announce APRA AMCOS’ affiliate membership of AFEM, and the associated commitment to continued dialogue and development of policies which seek to best serve the electronic music ecosystem.”

As an affiliate member, APRA AMCOS now joins over 175 company AFEM members across 25 countries actively working to enhance and promote the interests of the electronic music genre. From increasing accurate metadata supply to decreasing the detrimental effects of piracy, AFEM’s collective voice ensures these issues are central to the global music industry debate.

For more information, visit: www.apraamcos.com.au or www.associationforelectronicmusic.org for details.