Romania, Georgia, India and Serbia. More than 2,300 Brazilian copyright holders were benefited by their songs performed abroad. And more than 20 million were distributed by ABRAMUS to 53 organizations from various countries, as well as the foreign right holders directly represented by ABRAMUS.
In the Digital context, ABRAMUS remained as the protagonist of several workgroups where it has the permanent monitoring of major events in the area and thus maintains the structure updated and the members informed. It participated in studies and discussions about changes and the directions of copyright laws involved in the market of music over the internet. There have been achievements in this area that have significantly increased the collection and distribution of these rights to the copyright holders.
The department of Theater & Dance continues with the purpose of going beyond the collection and distribution of rights and maintains a significant performance, bringing in new authors for membership and seeking the increasingly rapid management of rights arising from the productions of
Dramaturgy. ABRAMUS has had approximately 300 national authors, such as Manuel Bandeira, Cecilia Meireles, Carlos Drummond de Andrade, Luis Fernando Verissimo, Ariano Suassuna, and Nelson Rodrigues, among other renowned authors. There were 248 requests for authorization of assembly, 216 of these were authorized and approximately 210 contracts were signed. This contract work yielded a revenue of R$ 1.5 million.
In visual arts, AUTVIS ended the year with
875 registered members among visual
artists, photographers, sculptors,
illustrators, designers, set designers,
architects and graffiti artists. A new
system is being developed to make the
operation 100% electronic, which, in
addition to making the internal work
faster, will facilitate even more the
processes for the users and the access to
the members. AUTVIS focused on the
development of the Resale Rights, with
the participation at events for
dissemination, like the participation in
the Conference on Resale Rights in WIPO
– World Intellectual Property
Organization – in Brussels and
as lecturer at the Symposium
on Copyright in
Visual Arts, organized by WIPO's office in Brazil in partnership with the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul.
In 2017, ABRAMUS strengthened its partnerships and remained engaged with the main organizations and global institutions of Rights so that the work of its registered artists are always respected and addressed not only in Brazil, but in all countries.
The detailed results of the work in 2017 are available on the following pages. We appreciate the confidence you have in our work and we commit ourselves to doing more and better every year. We will continue to fulfill our destination in favor of the copyright holders.
AFFILIATED IN 2017
2017 was the year of many
achievements for ABRAMUS and
collective management in Brazil.
The level of growth in the number
of registered members has
remained in ascension, surpassing
the 2016 numbers by 10%, with
6,571 registrations and ending the
year with a total of 60,526
members. The participation of
ABRAMUS was consolidated in
the center of sertanejo music
(Brazilian country music) with
approximately 90% of the right
holders of this market being
represented by ABRAMUS.
In 2017, the portal for resolution of duplicates of copyright works was enabled, which should help the right holders in the resolution of conflicts of works and in the release of credits with more agility, efficiency and with lower operating costs. There were also changes on the relationship portal, where the statements of analytical payments began to be made available so that the right holders can check their
and financial income. In addition, the
right holder can also search for
unidentified credits, known as
With the effective participation of ABRAMUS there have been achievements in the DIGITAL universe, and in 2017 it was possible to reap the benefits of these victories, which increased significantly the collection and distribution of these rights to the right holders..
In 2017, there was also a significant growth in the distributions of related rights in Audiovisual production. This was due to the demand of the cinema and audiovisual producers that have greater interest for these rights, which previously they were unaware of. The producers have begun to join, significantly increasing the number of companies registered with ABRAMUS. Another important factor for this demand was the agreements made by the delinquent cinemas with ECAD, which have to
pay these rights of
use of music in audiovisual
productions. Furthermore, the
constant and existing collection of
open TV and pay TV. Together,
these segments of the audiovisual
market detain 49.5% of copyright
and related rights in Brazil.
At the end of 2017, the associations of collective management of Brazil chose to distribute in advance the prescribed rights of the years 2013, 2014 and 2015, and this meant an increase of an extra R$188 million in the distribution of 2017.
For 2018, the expectations are at least 10% growth, maintaining or surpassing the same level of growth of previous years. Internal campaigns are being developed to seek new potential copyright holders and related rights of audiovisual media.
In 2017, the vanguard and pioneering
spirit of ABRAMUS was demonstrated
again as intrinsic characteristics of the
work that is executed with the
treatment of the different repertoires
represented not only in Brazil, but also
abroad, and that translate the
deserved respect with which its
members are welcomed.
Year after year, ABRAMUS as precursor, performs the documentary analysis of the repertoires that are the determining factor to contemplate the right holders who participate in all distributions carried out by the system of collective management in Brazil. It is through its compositions and related repertoires that the artists make their works known and always present us with so much diversity and creativity.
It is worth mentioning that, consistent
and correct documentation provides
ECAD with the rapid distribution of
the values collected for all right holders,
regardless of the category to which
they belong, i.e., it will contemplate
not only authors and interpreters, but
also publishers and sub-publishers,
accompanying musicians, producers
of tracks and the phonographic
producers who, through their work,
receive what is due to them.
The task of documenting repertoires is a vital function of ABRAMUS, which demonstrates organizational capacity to manage and purge the information received from its members in the various existing formats.
Registering new repertoires and keeping old records updated, which are often negotiated and acquired by new administrators, is not an easy
task, but with competence and know-how,
data cleansing is a process
conducted daily and that is always in
development, because it requires
constant improvement that will
determine directions and actions that
facilitate the proper administration
of the repertoires.
New challenges, due to the rapidity with which innovations and changes inherent to the business, make us update ideas and create new options and functions that facilitate the day-to-day of creators, so they are concerned only with their new productions, with their new projects and focus on their works, because only then will we have good quality music and surprising productions.
ABRAMUS continues to be a pioneer in innovating and documenting correctly and clearly the repertoires of all its members.
Source of data: ECAD
(2010 - 2017)
In 2017, ABRAMUS maintained its
efforts to continue increasing the
collection of values from the public
execution of the national repertoire
abroad, former demand of the right
holders. Investment was made in
training, systems and tools to make
this work even more effective.
In the past seven years, ABRAMUS received more than R$20,000,000.00 from abroad.
2017 ended with a total of 81 signed contracts. The members of ABRAMUS are represented in more than 190 territories.
The international department of related rights of ABRAMUS is constantly seeking the balance between the work that is done with the national repertoire abroad and the work that is done with the
foreign repertoire in Brazil.
With respect to the work developed with the foreign repertoire in Brazil, it is important to emphasize that ABRAMUS represents not only companies, but publishers and foreign authors who have opted to join directly. The international copyright department remains committed to honor the commitment of caring the best form of the repertoire of its members.
In 2017, ABRAMUS started representing through the international copyright department, the repertoire of the Chilean SCD society and also the repertoire of AMRA, societies then represented by other associations in Brazil that elected ABRAMUS as its representative to take care
of its repertoires.
In 2017, ABRAMUS transferred abroad the value of R$14,536,577.89, an amount larger than the one sent in 2016.
For 2018, there will be a new system with new technologies. ABRAMUS is making all the necessary adjustments to adapt to all rules of CISAC and thus establish greater transparency in carrying out the work for its members. Among these tools, the Portal of Resolution of Duplicates is highlighted because it allows the registered publishers and societies represented to accompany this process correctly and in a timely manner. Another important tool will be the payment statement that contains even more information and details.
service and innovation. Having ABRAMUS as a valued partner in the region allows for SESAC to continue its
objective of increasing royalty income for its music rightsholders.”
SESAC (Society of European Stage Authors & Composers)
that they represent and their openness to client driven solutions that help to unlock value to creators.”
AMRA – (American Music Rights Association)
satisfechos y agradecidos por el trabajo que han realizados nuestros colegas respecto de la gestión del
repertorio de nuestros socios en el territorio de Brasil. Su permanente actitud proactiva se está viendo
reflejada en los buenos resultados que estamos obteniendo para nuestros administrados en ese país.
Lo anterior, sumado a la transparencia y compromiso con el que realizan su gestión en el día a día,
nos permite seguir confiando en el logro de un trabajo colaborativo a largo plazo”.
AMRA – (American Music Rights Association)
2017 was a year of much planning and engagement with various worldwide entities. It was also the year of the VRDB2 (Virtual Repertoire Data Base 2), a powerful tool to standardize the way of working with more than 40 countries in which ABRAMUS holds contracts. Thus, ABRAMUS consolidates itself as the main Brazilian organization of Related Rights in the world and, certainly, the interaction with the international entities like FILAIE, SCAPR, IFPI have been shown to be crucial
The collection of foreign values in 2017 was around R$550,000.00. The main receipts were from the countries of Georgia, Japan and Italy.
R$646,793.47 were distributed
in relation to the values
collected in previous years,
benefiting more than 2,300
Brazilian members. In relation
to foreign music, R$20,200.00
million were distributed to 53
organizations from various
countries, in addition to some
foreign right holders represented
directly by ABRAMUS.
In continuity to the projects initiated this year, 2018 will have a lot of work, especially in relation to the collection
Federacion Ibero-latino Americana de Artistas Intérpretes Y Ejecutanteswww.filaie.com
International Federation of the Phonographic Industrywww.ifpi.org
Societies’ Council for the Collective Management of Performers’ Rightswww.scapr.org
Today Brazil flaunts the leadership
in the digital music market in Latin
America and is still not even close
to reaching its maximum potential.
There is still room for growth and
the world is watching the
The main digital platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer and Netflix have been conquering more and more subscribers worldwide and Brazil is not behind. Considering the possibility of growth, the Brazilian market can still be considered little exploited, it has been the target of heavy targeting from the players to increase the number of paying subscribers, which in general is good for everyone.
There are also the national platforms, such as SuperPlay, which comes as a national competitor to giants like Spotify. This is also very good for the market because the competition for services and better platforms is always positive.
In addition to the music services above, today Brazil is one of the
countries with the highest number of Youtube users and one of the
largest markets for platforms of
Video On Demand (VOD),like
Netflix. These two platforms of
audiovisual and musical content
are licensing the repertoire with
ECAD through agreements signed
in 2017, which occurred after it
was defined in the STJ (Superior
Court of Justice) that there is public
execution in the streaming.
Even with the strong market growth and with high figures, the values involved and passed on to the creators are still low when compared with the rest of the public execution. This is just the beginning and in a short time this market will be an important source of revenue in Brazil.
In Global terms, according to the annual report of CISAC, in 2017, the revenue from the digital market represents only 10.4% of the total, but had a growth of 51.4% in relation to the total revenue in 2016. The figures are still low in relation to the potential that this market has, but they are promising and demonstrate a fantastic potential.
The digital environment,
despite not being a new theme,
has generated increasingly more
curiosity from the artistic class.
ABRAMUS monitors the evolution
of this market and has been
developing solutions to help
members who seek support in
this area. It is important that the
creators of music feel secure
during this moment of transition.
The objective of ABRAMUS has
been to instruct and help its
members on this important
The challenges of this new market are also constant in the business of ABRAMUS and due to this, the Company remains as a protagonist centerpiece of several workgroups of CISAC (International Confederation of Societies of Authors), like the Society Publisher Forum (SPF) and the Business Techninal Committee (BTC). In these groups, ABRAMUS performs the permanent monitoring of the main events in the digital area to keep the current structure updated and the members always well informed.
During the last few years, the area of the Performing Arts has developed a methodology of work based on transparency and productivity, always in constant process of adaptation to improve the activities. As a result of these actions, it can be said that ABRAMUS currently does not work simply with the collection and distribution of rights, the company acts practically as an agent for authors and we always try to disclose their works, both in
the domestic market
ABRAMUS has had approximately 300 national authors, such as Manuel Bandeira, Cecilia Meireles, Carlos Drummond de Andrade, Luis Fernando Verissimo, Ariano Suassuna, and Nelson Rodrigues, among other renowned authors.
In 2017, there were 248 requests for authorization of assembly, 216 of these were authorized and approximately 210 contracts
were signed. This contract work yielded a revenue of R$1.5 million. During this period, great plays authorized by ABRAMUS were a hit with the audience. In addition to the plays written by Nelson Rodrigues, which are, without doubt, the highlight of ABRAMUS, international plays, such as, "A Streetcar Named Desire", "The Mountaintop", "Accidental death of an anarchist" and "I Musicanti" are still represented by several productions across Brazil.
WORKS AUTHORIZED IN 2017
CONTRACTS SIGNED IN 2017
AVERAGE INCOME IN 2017
In 2017, the country began to
recover from the financial crisis of
the last few years and this fact
cooperated to increase the
national collection of AUTVIS.
This fact, together with an
intense work of awareness on
copyright in visual arts for the
market and the engagement of
the current artists in this cause,
resulted in an increase in the
revenues for the national and
foreign artists represented.
In order to optimize the operation and prepare us for a future increase in demand, AUTVIS began developing a new system,
which will make the operation
100% electronic. The deadline
for full deployment will be the first
half of 2018. This new tool, in
addition to streamlining internal
work, will facilitate further the
procedures for users and the
access to members.
2017 was the year in which AUTVIS focused on the development of the Resale Rights, with the participation at events for dissemination of the Resale Rights Campaign to artists and the art market, participation in the Conference on Resale Rights in WIPO – World Intellectual Property
Organization – in Brussels and
participation as lecturer at
the Symposium on Copyright in
Visual Arts, organized by WIPO's
office in Brazil in partnership with
the Federal University of Rio
Grande do Sul.
For 2018, the goal is to increase the number of registered artists, implement the collection of the Resale Rights in commercial transactions that occur in Brazil and make the operation 100% electronic.
NATIONAL REVENUE IN 2017
INTERNATIONAL REVENUE IN 2017
TOTAL NUMBER OF REGISTERED MEMBERS
TOTAL REVENUE IN 2017
The Communication of ABRAMUS
in 2017 continued to focus on
informing, approaching and
retaining its members.
The Communication processes remained active for the work of the association and all relevant information to the Copyright were intensely absorbed by members and all stakeholders, focused on a responsive, accurate and transparent communication.
Having as its main objective the
approximation with its audience,
in 2017, ABRAMUS invested even
more in all its means of
communication with greater
focus on digital marketing and
ABRAMUS created an intense communication on social networks, working in partnership with an agency specialized
in digital marketing.
The daily publications on social networks increased, and ABRAMUS began to invest in ads. The concept of Inbound Marketing was also maintained in publications so that the followers may become aware of ABRAMUS’ work and the theme of Copyright. The followers have increased significantly, as well as the interactivity between ABRAMUS and the public.
Music Contacts: 50,000
Theater & Dance Contacts: 10,000
AUTVIS Contacts: 7,000
For 2018, the goal is to increase further the approximation of ABRAMUS with its members through actions of the department of Communication. Tools already used for this purpose, like the social networks, will have more investments and a larger production of its own content and moretargeted actions.
The perspective is
always improving the flow of information and the organizational relationship of ABRAMUS with its members.
ABRAMUS is the country's
largest copyright association in
terms of number of members
from different areas, and this
number is growing continuously.
ABRAMUS closed 2017 representing
57,000 rights holders in Brazil and
abroad. Its work involves great
responsibility and ethics, carried
out in a transparent and
The Financial Department is in charge of the distribution of the amounts originating from the public execution of musical works in Brazil and around the world. This distribution is the result of a production chain, which involves all ABRAMUS departments,
these payments are accurate
ABRAMUS has been adapting and optimizing its tools to provide the best service for its members, ensuring the accurate distribution of copyrights. With the challenge of always keeping the payment schedule up to date, as it has been successfully doing for years, the team, split between ABRAMUS units in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, relies on the constant support of the Information Technology (IT) department, which is responsible for the system and information processing.
On the ABRAMUS Portal, members
can access receipts and ECAD
payment statements, as well as
summarized payment statements,
providing greater transparency,
dynamism and interaction for
members. This process has
optimized the work of the
department, resulting in a reduced
flow of e-mails and correspondence,
as well as reducing operating costs.
The balance sheet is audited by external auditing companies, which support the good work that ABRAMUS carries out over the fiscal year.
2017 was a year of changes and
enhancements in IT at ABRAMUS.
The development of the
technologies to execute the
internal and external procedures
allowed the optimization in the
execution of the work routines
and the processing of registers of
works and phonograms.
The Relationship Portal of ABRAMUS, an important tool used by members and non-members, grew even more, has developed new functions and enhancements, giving continuity to the transparency policy to the members.
Other important tools were created during the year:
- Portal of Duplicates; An online tool for handling duplicates of copyright registers.
Through the portal the publishers
are able to manage their catalogs
and identify problems with
- Integration with VRDB2 (Virtual Repertoire Data Base 2); VRDB2 is an international Project created in cooperation with SCAPR and 44 other countries, which aims to improve the exchange of information of phonograms between societies of related rights of the world. It is a worldwide database of phonograms, however, it also covers the identification of withheld credits and other purposes.
- Improvement in the payment of rights collected abroad; The identification tools of the system have been enhanced to improve the payments for copyright and
- Improvement in the integration interfaces with partner entities;
- Improvement of registration matching routines;
- Redesign of internal tools;
Automation of the remittance of registration purges to ECAD;
The expectations for 2018 are to continue improving the internal and external technologies for the benefit of the members. Many projects are in progress or are being developed to be completed in 2018, all aiming to optimize the internal work of ABRAMUS and the effectiveness and excellence in the services provided directly to the members.
CONEXO E AUTORAL
Continuing from 2016, 2017
has maintained a high level
of economic and political
instability, which impacted
virtually all the segments of
Brazilian society. Added to
this, the provisions of the Law
No. 12,853/13, drastically
reducing the administration
fee of ECAD, ensured the
implementation of a strict
policy of cost reduction,
sacrificing the personnel of
the entity and driving the
adoption of transformative
measures of the
However, facing the challenges of the year with determination, ECAD, once again, in 2017, exceeded the targets of collection and distribution established by its General Meeting. This fact is due mainly to the efforts of the entire team of the organization. A total collection of R$1,140,017,647 was recorded, which exceeded the budget for the year by R$60,227,630, as well as the goal of the task force
established by the General Meeting.
In relation to the previous year,
the amount collected was
exceeded by R$96,800,866,
totaling an increase of 9.28%.
Regarding the distribution of
values to the copyright holders
and related rights, 2017 showed
very significant numbers. The
total distributed was
a growth of 46.57% in relation to
the goal established for the year
and an increase of 37.02% in
comparison to 2016.
About 259,000 members were contemplated, exceeding the previous year by 17%. The efforts focused on cost control eventually generated a final deficit of R$24,191,962, already computing the extraordinary expenses arising from operational adjustments implemented during the financial year.
Many activities and projects were developed during 2017.
Their results are exposed in
detail in this report, but it is with
great pleasure that we emphasize
the awards received over the
year from renowned institutes,
such as the Great Place to Work,
IDG (International Data Group Inc.),
IT Media/IT Forum Expo, Regional
Council of Accounting/RJ and
Abrasca, which, on analyzing the
performance of ECAD through
its various operational areas,
awarded the importance and
seriousness of the work carried
out by the organization.
We, therefore, go on to the details of all the actions developed in 2017, grateful for the respect and trust in our work and, once more, highlighting the commitment of the team that, once again, has overcome the challenges while maintaining the quality of the work. We are at your disposal for any further clarification.