In conversation with IPRS Chairman Javed Akhtar
“We have come a long way though there is still a lot to be done says the IPRS Chairperson and one of the most prominent literary figures of our times, the legendary Javed Akhtar Sahab. In an inspiring conversation, Javed Akhtar Sahab spoke about the incredible journey of IPRS and all that went to make IPRS what it is today. He also shared his thoughts on the long-term plans of the music copyright society, which currently represents more than 9000 songwriters, composers, and publishers of music from across the country.
Q. Can you tell us something about the IPRS and its meteoric rise under your Chairmanship?
The IPRS is certainly done very well in past few years from 2017 to 2022, but there is a long way to go. I think the last five years have been ably administered by IPRS CEO, Rakesh Nigam. I can certainly see that what was a dream sometime back is a reality today. We are at a stage where we are living our dream, but now we also need to focus on the larger picture and the unfinished tasks. I’m confident that with the help and support of the executive, the Government, and the industry stakeholders, we will see a considerable progress in the next few years.
The Revolutionary Change- Indian music in the last 5 years
As the overwhelming presence of Digital Technology swells to become an indelible part of our lives, it is only expected that every aspect of life would have to adapt itself to survive and thrive. As evidenced, the means of attaining anything of note today passes through the Digital route much unlike a few years ago.
Also relocated to the back-pages of history are the days when huge music halls brimming with the best sessions musicians of the country dazzled us with their outstanding wizardry to decorate what were some of the most popular tunes conjured by revered music composers of the day.
Mr. Rakesh Nigam, CEO IPRS
The Team at IPRS
For me, the IPRS journey from being an INR 9 Crore, 25-employee company, to an imposing INR 300 Crore institution can largely be attributed to the hard work and passion of the IPRS team that drives the organization. Upbeat, as we are with this continued success, scaling up to INR 400 Crores is our target by the coming year. While royalties are the final outcome, the story behind the scenes includes a robust machinery and multiple teams managing different aspects of the business. Join me as I take you through the multiple functions and roles at IPRS.
IPRS’s campaign #ImagineLifeWithoutMusic reminds us of the importance of Music in our life thus promoting Fair Pay & Fair Play of Music.
Music is an integral part of our daily life. Every festival, ceremony, event, occasion, venue, moment is filled with music. Creators invest huge amount of time, money and creativity to make music. They spend a lifetime to craft the words and melodies for us to enjoy.
#ImagineLifeWithoutMusic, is an initiative from IPRS at the advent of the festive season, for all of us to realize the effort behind the creation.
IPRS @ Clef Music Awards
IPRS collaborated with Indiantelevision.com & Radioandmusic.com as the Community Partner for the 2nd Edition of the Clef Music Awards. The annual event is a celebration ceremony to honor and respect the musical accomplishments of songwriters, composers, musicians and those behind the music. The Clef Music Awards has emerged as a platform to showcase and boost talent and promote potential music creators and performers.
IPRS congratulates all the winners for their big win at Clef Music Awards.
IPRS @ All About Music
A global gateway into the Indian music market, All About Music has evolved over the years to become one of India’s biggest B2B conference dedicated to music, bringing together industry experts and stakeholders from every vertical of the music business.
In the 6th edition, All About Music paid tribute to the robust creator economy and its impact on the evolving Indian music industry.
The IPRS CEO Mr. Rakesh Nigam took the stage to address a critical topic on the growing role of copyright society in India. The session was packed with insights from the ever-expanding concept of creators’ rights, responsible music consumption, and sustainable music ecosystems.
Our Members’ journey with IPRS
IPRS ranked as the 5th largest Society by revenue in the Asia-Pacific region
Capturing the worldwide study, CISAC has just released its Global Collections Report for 2022 (based on 2021 collections data).The Paris-based International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) is the apex body of 228 Authors’ Societies in 119 countries representing more than 4Mn creators.
Court to ESG: Pay Rs 5.8L for infringing song copyrights
A local court has directed the Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) to pay Rs 5.8 lakh to the Indian Performing Right Society Ltd (IPRS) for copyright infringement at Kingfisher village, which hosted concerts during the International Film Festival of India in Panaji a few years ago. The court also restrained ESG from holding any such concerts under the umbrella of Iffi that would violate copyrights.
The Dummy’s Guide to Music Production as an Indie Artist
Up until a few decades ago, the idea of a home studio and recording a release-worthy single or album was unheard of. Now we have Grammy winners like Finneas who managed to achieve that all while producing from his bedroom. It really puts the pandemic in perspective for a lot of us working from home.
Music-making now has become so ubiquitous that the knowledge and process of how a song used to be made are no longer reserved for the omniscient members of the audio engineering community or record executives chomping on cigars. Gone are the days where you need expensive outboard gear and large purpose-built studios to go and record – as a studio owner,