SSES - Swedish Studio Engineers Society

Following five years of discussions and negotiations between interest group SSES and
the Swedish collection society for neighbouring rights, SAMI, in March 2003 SSES and SAMI agreed that a performer contributing the role of ”Studio Conductor” is entitled to participate in neighbouring rights revenues from SAMI.

A ”Studio Conductor” is presently defined as a person contributing at the time of the recording and is typically a music producer or recording engineer by profession.
(Mixdown engineers are currently not allowed to register as contributors).

SAMI calculates revenues in a point per person system irrespective of the number of contributors to each track. The performers are attributed a ”Role Code” and SAMI uses a set of role definitions in which a studio musician receives one point, a band leader three points, a conductor five points and a solo performer up to seven points.

For the newly introduced role of the ”Studio Conductor” the total number of distributable points is capped in two ways: a maximum of two points per track and no more than one point per ‘studio conductor’. A situation where a track comprising more than two contributing ”Studio Conductors will result in a shared share of the revenues and each of the qualifying studios conductors receiving a share lower than one point. This is different to SAMI’s distribution scheme for musicians where the minimum number of distributable points for each person has a threshold of one full point per track.

SAMI’s registration forms for performers are not yet adapted to register the role as ”Studio Conductor” but this is expected to be addressed in an upcoming version of SAMI’s reporting system.

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