Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Many American music executives and students have difficulty understanding neighboring rights — which have nothing to do with territorial proximity. Neighboring rights are similar to the public performance rights associated with musical compositions — so they’re “neighbors” from a legal perspective — but they’re paid to record labels and performing artists rather than to songwriters and publishers. Neighboring rights have great potential in the streaming age, but with each country comes a different challenge in reporting and collecting. In this episode we unpack these issues with peermusic CEO Mary Megan Peer and Concord COO Vic Zaraya.

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