Get copyright licenses ahead of Vincymas – says Music Rights group
Press Release
June 25, 2024

Get copyright licenses ahead of Vincymas – says Music Rights group

The Eastern Caribbean Collective Organisation for Music Rights (ECCO), has urged event organisers in St Vincent and the Grenadines and Saint Lucia to obtain copyright licenses ahead of their national Carnival activities.

This essential step ensures compliance with legal standards and supports the thriving local music industry, ECCO said in a release.

A copyright licence is crucial for adhering to intellectual property laws, which protect the rights of music creators and performers. By securing a licence, organizers contribute to the fair remuneration of songwriters and music publishers, ensuring they receive the compensation they deserve for the use of their creative works, the organisation added. This not only upholds

legal standards, but also encourages a culture of respect and support for the creative arts.

Additionally, the umbrella body said an ECCO licence facilitates a smooth and professional event planning process by providing a clear framework for organizers, helping to avoid potential legal disputes and ensuring that all necessary permissions are in place. This proactive approach allows organizers to focus on delivering an unforgettable experience for attendees without the worry of legal complications.

ECCO said that event organizers should submit their applications at least 10 days in advance to benefit from a 10% discount on the licensing fee to facilitate a smooth licensing experience and ensure all legal requirements are met well before the events.

“Securing an ECCO licence not only ensures compliance with the law but also supports our local music community,” CEO of the copyright organisation, Martin A. James is quoted as saying. “We are here to assist organizers every step of the way, ensuring a seamless and successful Carnival season for all.”

Carnival 2024 in Saint Lucia runs from July 1-17; while the national events for Vincymas open on June 28 and run until July 9, 2024.