13 years after taking a daring step to safeguard and shield the music rights of musicians in Saint Lucia and different sister islands of the English talking Caribbean, the Jap Caribbean Collective Organisation (ECCO) for Music Rights Inc. is stronger than ever, decided to see that musicians get what they deserve.
This society of writers and publishers of music, established in Castries, St. Lucia, has reciprocal agreements with Collective Administration Organisations (CMOs) all through the world (additionally referred to as ‘societies’), ECCO represents and might license just about the entire worldwide repertoire of copyright music for public efficiency, broadcast, cable transmission, on-line and cellular use. As well as ECCO may also license mechanical replica on behalf of author and writer members and is planning to carry out comparable duties for the associated rights of producers and performers of sound recordings with respect to the proper of equitable remuneration when recordings are utilized in broadcasts and/or public performances straight or not directly.
In answering the decision for illustration from creators within the different Jap Caribbean nations and to deal with: (a) altering macro-economic surroundings, (b) modifications within the regional music trade and (c) to make sure competitiveness and sustainability of the Caribbean Copyright Hyperlink (CCL) now the Affiliation of Caribbean Copyright Societies (ACCS), – CCL offered the Performing Proper Society (PRS) with a enterprise case calling for the discharge of the Jap Caribbean Territories to a single entity. PRS agreed to switch the rights for the administration of the worldwide repertoire throughout the Jap Caribbean to HMS (the one established society current within the Jap Caribbean) with impact from 1st January 2009.
ECCO was initially often known as the Hewanorra Musical Society (HMS) Inc. which was the nationwide society for St. Lucia. Following a sequence of session with creators all through the area and with the settlement of HMS members in St. Lucia, the identify of the society was modified to the Jap Caribbean Collective Organisation for Music Rights (ECCO) Inc., reflecting its regional make-up. Equally, the composition of the HMS Board was modified to make sure broader illustration from Jap Caribbean States. As well as, the mandate of the society was elevated to incorporate the administration of rights for performers and producers of sound recordings alongside that of writers and publishers.
ECCO collects charges by issuing licences to music customers granting them permission and authority to the restrictive acts as outlined within the Copyright Acts of the area, together with; public performances, broadcasting, communication to the general public, replica and many others. ECCO is a non-profit making organisation. Having recovered its working prices it pays the remaining cash collected to the members recognized on logs provided by the radio stations and knowledge collected from main occasions. ECCO additionally collects royalties from around the globe for its members by way of reciprocal agreements with different CMO’s abroad. Member states of ECCO encompass: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, British Virgin Isles, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
ECCO’s Board of Administrators are as follows:
Kendell ‘Scady’ Eugene (St. Lucia) is an award-winning print and broadcast journalist, DJ, host, promoter, author and recording artiste with a ardour for youth improvement and the inventive industries.
Courtney “Curty” Louis (St. Lucia) is an award-winning songwriter and producer. Louis is the proprietor and CEO of music label Stratosphere Muzic which he based in 2011.
Bruno N. Leonce (St. Lucia) is a father, singer, songwriter and performer.
He’s the previous treasurer of the North Castries Youth and Sports activities Council, Managing Director of Apex Building & Tools Providers, Ti Helen Beautifying Landscaping. He’s the Co-owner of Krome Productions and Alert Watch Enterprise.
Vernalderine Francis (St. Kitts & Nevis) is the co-owner of ROOCOO, a multimedia options firm that features music publishing, registered in St. Kitts & Nevis. As part of the work executed by the corporate she has been concerned in aiding purchasers in negotiating music synchronization licenses, transcription licences and endorsement offers and likewise aiding purchasers in understanding the necessity for and using cue sheets.
Lancelot Chapman (St. Vincent and the Grenadines) began in music when he was about seven years previous in Trinidad the place he lived. As a toddler he took half in lots of expertise applications on radio and performances at school live shows which propelled him to enroll into the Younger Artists Group in Port of Spain, Trinidad. He migrated to attend faculty within the USA the place he lived in each New York and California the place he learnt to play clarinet and guitar.
Melissa ‘QPid’ Moses (St. Lucia) is a Singer/Tune author, Radio Persona and standard Soca and Calypso Artiste. She is a mom of two and alongside her busy schedule nonetheless is engaged as a Licensed Zumba Health Teacher and on-line advertising affiliate and likewise a Board Director of ECCO 2019 -2022.
Michele Henderson (Dominica) is a recording artiste who began singing from an early age within the village of Grand Bay, in her homeland. By the point she was 9 years previous, she was enrolled on the Kairi Faculty of music the place she realized to play the flute and the recorder and whereas touchdown main roles within the faculty’s choir. Michele has toured with the band ‘Affect’ participating in lots of festivals and live shows regionally and internationally.
Nigel Nicholas (St. Lucia) is a previous pupil of the Castries Complete Secondary Faculty and a graduate of the New England Institute of Know-how, Rhode Island USA. This younger gifted Saint Lucian entrepreneur, is expert in New Media Know-how and Broadcasting.
Nicolas is a producer as a part of the manufacturing studios of ‘Slaughter Arts Media’ who formed the best way and dropped at the fore many St. Lucian artistes. He additionally went on to supply songs for a lot of celebrated regional acts.
Rankin Morgan (St. Lucia) is an lively member of ECCO since 2009 and has made a invaluable contribution by way of music manufacturing, track writing and artiste administration. He’s the Managing Director of 123 Digital Restricted which is a advertising /promoting company that specialises in digital applied sciences. Morgan was instrumental in main his staff to win the Thought of the 12 months Award on the 2013 St. Lucia Enterprise Awards. Dazzle Journal is a publication that highlights younger entrepreneurs and professionals.
Vaughn Skerritt (Antigua) has been related to Antigua’s native music scene for nicely over 30 years within the genres of Hip Hop, R&B, Dance Corridor and Soca. He has produced and designed profitable soca monarch performances for profitable Soca Monarchs of Antigua. He was the primary agent for ECCO in Antigua and serves as a Director on the Board of ECCO from 2021 to current.
Ian D. Sanchez (St. Lucia) is ECCO”s Vice-Chairman who has been concerned within the Saint Lucian music trade for over 30 years. He has beneath his belt a profession within the music trade as a promoter, artistes supervisor, occasions supervisor/co-Ordinator and writer.
Sanchez grew to become one of many incorporators of H.M.S. (Hewanorra Music Society; the nationwide music society of St Lucia), in 2001 following the transition from PRS.
David Jordan (Chairman, St. Lucia) holds as Masters in Worldwide Affairs, BSc in Economics – is a improvement Economist with a number of years of expertise. He presently serves as Chairman of the Basis – FRIEETAD within the OECS Inc. and Principal to Giordano Associates Ltd. www.giordanoassociatesaltd.com -a consulting agency registered in Saint Lucia.