BRAZIL (CelebrityAccess) – The Brazilian Union of Composers (UBC) has reported a 14% rise in membership in 2018, according to a new report from the collective rights management organization.
In a year characterized by key new agreements with digital video and music services, including Amazon Video, Facebook, Google Play Music and TIM by Deezer, royalties from online platforms saw a growth rate of 48.6%, while cinema-related royalties collected by UBC grew 504% percent over 2017, following a new agreement with the Brazilian Association of Multiplex Cinema Operator Companies (ABRAPLEX).
In total, UBC distributed 524.3 million Brazilian reals ($129.712 million) in 2018 to 186,000 national and international rights holders, a 25% increase compared to the previous year. Those rights holders included creators not directly signed to UBC who are members of international rights societies including BMI, ASCAP, SACAM and GEMA.
Brazil’s Central Office for Collection and Distribution (ECAD), which collects royalties for the country’s seven collective rights management associations for music rights (Socinpro, Sicam, Sbacem, Assim, Amar, Abramus and UBC), collected a total of 1.106 billion reals (almost $275 billion) in 2018. The UBC report also notes that its repertoire represents 57% of ECAD’s market share based on the total amount distributed by ECAD for the year.
In keeping with the 2018 World Assortment Report from CISAC (The Worldwide Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers), Brazil is the eighth largest market in royalty assortment.