CISAC recently released their annual report without very much press or blog coverage. In case you don't know who CISAC is, click here. In short, they are a collective of most of the performance rights organizations and mechanical rights organizations around the world. ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, and The Harry Fox Agency are all members.
Each year, CISAC issues a report on global collections which is essentially a snapshot of how much performance and mechanical royalties are generated worldwide. The 2015 report reflects data from 2013, the most current year available, obviously. You can get it for free here.
Even if you are not a royalty geek like me. It's fascinating to browse thru it. Page 3 of this report has some broad-strokes stats. Let me highlight a few that will hopefully encourage readers to download and dig thru the report on their own:
(remember these are for 2013)
- €7.8 billion collected (~$8.7 billion)
- ~$7.54 billion associated with music rights (CISAC members handle some other royalties as well)
- 4.6% growth in total collections (accounting for constant currency)
- 61% of total collections comes from Europe
- 78% of the collections are for performing rights
- 18% of the collections are for mechanical rights
In the US/Canada (which CISAC does not separate out):
- $1.41 billion collected in total
- 94% (~$1.3 billion) was associated with performing rights
- 5.3% (~$75 million) was associated with mechanical rights
To quote Arsenio Hall, it kind of makes you go, "Hmmmm."