The Association of Independent Music, which represents independent record labels in the UK, who have an near 30% market share of the recorded music sector, has announced a new deal with the BBC and its commercial wing BBC Worldwide which will simplify the licensing of live recordings made by the Corporation’s TV and radio channels for future commercial exploitation. Usually the BBC needs permission from the labels of any signed artists whose live performances are recorded for TV or radio shows (although it’s standard for labels to provide such a waver for initial broadcast). However, should either party want to then commercially exploit that content, by releasing sessions as CDs, as downloads or with other digital or ex-UK broadcast use, then a separate bespoke deal needs to be made.
The standard agreement governing the commercial exploitation of BBC recordings with BBC Worldwide means that AIM member labels will have an easier structure to work with the broadcaster, and hopefully many more opportunities for making such content available beyond initial broadcast in the digital age. AIM boss Alison Wenham said: “The new agreement now means that we have in place a commercial licensing framework with the BBC that is free from red tape, user-friendly, transparent and fair, and which will allow AIM members to exploit both new and archive material across all physical and digital platforms”. Dominic Walker, Director Radio and Music at BBC Worldwide, added: “We are delighted that this unlocks archive content for joint exploitation and opens up many opportunities for mutual gain on level terms; we look forward to long and fruitful relationships with all AIM members”.