The reason for this letter
Last Friday, 21 October, we received a letter from Phonographic Performance Ireland (“PPI”) outlining a course of action on which they have already embarked which we believe to be unlawful. If not resisted, this will result in the destruction not only of RAAP, the non-profit performers representative organisation, but also of the basic right of Irish performers to control the management of their royalties and to choose the collecting society that they, as performers, wish to have manage their rights.
We have instructed a legal team in respect of the matter and a letter is now being sent to PPI requiring that they immediately step back from their stated position. Read More
As you know, we have had a long and mutually satisfactory partnership agreement with PPI since 2002, with regard to the fair and equitable sharing of licence fees collected by PPI on behalf of both producers and performers. Since 2013, however, that situation has changed radically. This has occurred through the unilateral actions of PPI, who have sought to alter the manner in which data has been analysed by agreement between us for many years, and then taken further action to withhold funds from the normal distribution on the basis of retrospective calculations. Over the past three years, the Board of RAAP has endeavoured through every means possible, in dialogue, discussion and dispute, to persuade PPI to desist from this approach and to make full restitution to RAAP of monies withheld. Unfortunately our best efforts have come to nought. We have therefore been forced to issue court proceedings to settle the matter...Read More
R.A.A.P. is a not for profit members organisation set up to administer Artists Intellectual Property Rights. We are collecting monies throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia. All monies collected from foreign territories is passed on fully with no deductions of any sort, unlike agents who deduct fees ranging up to 40%.Find out more...
When your recorded music is played on the radio or as background in public bars, restaurants etc. you are entitled to a royalty payment, RAAP collects and administers these royalties on your behalf.Find out more...
Despite the fact that digital technology has fundamentally changed the way that music, films, television series, advertising and other works are produced and distributed, most of the professional creative content on the Internet would still not exist without us, the performers. Our work is by and large the most popular content on the Internet. It is a major driver of new business models, technological innovation and consumer behaviour... Read More...
Together we can make a difference.
Please go to http://www.fair-internet.eu/ now and sign the petition.
Today, four international organisations representing more than 500,000 performers in Europe joined forces to launch a campaign for the fair treatment of all performers in the digital environment.
The 'Fair Internet for Performers Campaign' brings together AEPO-ARTIS, EuroFIA, FIM and IAO, who represent musicians, singers, actors and dancers, all united in their call to the European legislator to 'make the Internet a fair environment for performers' Read More...
To register your support for this campaign, please go to
R.A.A.P. is delighted to assist in the fundraising for various Irish charities including
The Irish Cancer Society,
Oxfam Ireland and
The National Maternity Hospital Foundation.
The performers of 'The Ballad of Ronnie Drew', 'The Cake Sale' and 'Winter Song' (Twitterxmassingle) among others have generously donated their performance royalties to their associated charities.