CISAC releases its 2022 Annual Report

Growing digital royalties and stronger laws protecting creators’ rights top the list of priorities
Annual Report 2022 cover

Paris – 26 May 2022 – CISAC has today published its 2022 Annual Report, outlining its work supporting the world’s largest network of authors societies.

CISAC’s members comprise 228- authors societies who together manage the rights of over 4 million creators from the music, audiovisual, visual arts, drama, and literature repertoires

The 2022 Annual Report shows the Confederation’s diverse services including lobbying, development of best practices, technology, and the systems to support data exchanges, help identify works and pay royalties quickly and accurately.

The Report outlines CISAC’s legislative lobbying actions in multiple countries to promote stronger laws protecting creators and rightsholders. It also focuses on recent solidarity actions taken by the CISAC community through its global initiative Creators for Ukraine, to aid Ukrainian creators and refugees. CISAC societies have contributed EUR 1.4 million to the project so far, which were distributed to individual creators and charities helping victims of the war.

Forewords by CISAC President Björn Ulvaeus, Board Chair Marcelo Castello Branco and Director General Gadi Oron set out CISAC’s present priorities and future strategic vision.

CISAC's repertoires

Key workstreams outlined in the report include:

  • extension of the ISWC music identifier and improvements in music data reporting
  • developing digital income streams including live-streaming and video games
  • the impact of AI on authors rights
  • the expanding educational campaign on buyouts Your Music Your Future International
  • four new country case studies supporting stronger rights for audiovisual screenwriters and directors
  • continued lobbying for international implementation of the resale right for visual artists
  • implementation of governance reforms on CISAC memberships and client services offered to Rights Management Entities

In his foreword, CISAC General Director Gadi Oron says: “In a world which has lurched from one crisis to another, CISAC continues to work with focus and determination to serve our members, creators and the interests of the collective management sector.

“Our immediate priorities have shifted to follow the switch to digital consumption in the last two years. They include live-streaming, digital licensing and improved information systems support. Our lobbying and educational efforts have all concentrated on digital rights, online income and their importance to creators’ livelihoods in the post-COVID world.”

The CISAC 2022 Annual Report is launched for the CISAC General Assembly scheduled to take place on 2 June 2022. The Report is available to download in English, French and Spanish.