Performers and producers can now reap the rewards of their hard work. And from now on, music users will have to clear related rights/neighbouring rights by paying licence fees to the Trinidad and Tobago Association of Producers and Performers (TAPPs), for the sound recordings they use because according to TAPPs, performers and producers are entitled to be remunerated for the use of their work.

TAPP was launched on Wednesday at NALIS Audio Visual Room in Port-of-Spain, with a mandate to legally administer related rights in this country. Related rights, also known as neighbouring rights, are rights that exist in recorded music and owned invariably by the executive producers and the performers of musical works.

According to TAPPs General Manager, David Bereaux, music administration in this country has been tarnished by a lack of structure. He said while the major industry players have dealt with their issues, there is still some uncertainty regarding which aspect of music is being administered or which rights are being taken care of. He noted that there are several different rights in music and while copyright is most popularly known, when music is recorded, copyright co-exists with another right – related rights.