The previous requirement for Disc Jockeys (DJs) and mobile music providers such as sound system and karaoke operators to have a public performance license to perform copyright music has been discontinued by the Eastern Caribbean Collective Organisation for Music Rights (ECCO) Inc. with immediate effect.
In an effort to encourage greater use and creation of recorded music ECCO is treating DJs and mobile music providers the same as artists who are hired by music promoters and venue owners to provide entertainment to audiences.
ECCO General Manager, Steve Etienne said in a statement today that “We want to work with DJ’s in an effort to build a regional music industry. We believe the contribution of DJ’s in shaping the developing and marketing of Artists is an important component of the art form.”
Meanwhile, ECCO is reminding all music users putting on events (even when it is a DJ acting as a promoter for his own event), that a license needs to be obtained from ECCO. ALL events must be licensed in advance to avoid additional costs.