Progress on the creation of a Global Repertoire Database (GRD) for musical works has moved ahead strongly over the past twelve months with the completion of the Scoping Study and the commencement of the Requirements and Design Phase according to a new press release, which also says that 2013 will mark some important milestones in the realisation of the project.
The scope of the GRD is to provide a single, comprehensive and
authoritative representation of the global ownership and control of musical
works. Once deployed the GRD will "save extensive costs, currently lost to
duplication in data processing". Delivery of the project is driven
by the GRD Working Group: This consists of representatives from 14
organisations of creators, publishers, collective management societies, digital
service providers and their trade associations –APRA,
GEMA, PRS for Music, SACEM, STIM, CISAC, Sony/ATV/EMI Music Publishing,
Universal Music Publishing, Warner Chappell Music, ICMP, ECSA, Google, iTunes
and Omnifone. In all, nearly 30 companies represented by
nearly 100 individuals are directly involved in the work worldwide. Thirteen collective management
societies for music are supporting the project with funding, knowledge and
access to their databases and these are APRA, GEMA. PRS, STIM and SACEM as well as ASCAP, BMI, SGAE,
SIAE, UBC, BUMA, SABAM and SOCAN. The project is managed by Deloitte with
support from ICE and FastTrack as technology solution providers.
Andrew Jenkins, Chair of ICMP
(International Confederation of Music Publishers) commented: “ICMP and its
music publisher members around the world are committed to the development of
the Global Repertoire Database which will benefit all those who have a stake in
improved music licensing processes including creators, music publishers,
collecting societies, music suppliers and fans of music everywhere. Indeed, it
is impossible to argue against the benefits of the GRD for the wider community
and all of us involved are working together to deliver something that will be a
game-changer for the industry".
A series of distinct project
phases have been completed thus far and the period since March 2012 has been
spent ensuring that all parties are comfortable with the way forward and
putting the necessary structures in place. Work on the
Requirements and Design phase of the project began in October 2012 and will run
until May 2013. During this project phase, focus will be on the business
requirements and rules of the database including a definition of standards for
works, agreements and repertoire mandates as well as definition of the GRD
logical data model.
Robert Ashcroft Chief Executive
of PRS for Music said “The Global
Repertoire Database is the building block for the future success of the legal
online music market. PRS for Music has supported the project from the outset
and we are committed to making the initiative work for the benefit of rights
holders and rights users globally".
GRD will be set up as a legal entity during the project phase, the
business plan will be completed and the logical technology architecture for the
system will be defined. In mid-2013, the project will move into the technology build,
with a first release of the database due in 2015.