Dear Valued NORM Member
Music Publishers’ Association of South Africa and CAPASSO
On behalf of the NORM Board of Directors, I am writing to advise you of certain changes that will affect NORM in the very near future, as well as notifying you of the new mechanical rights’ agency, CAPASSO, [Composers Authors and Publishers Association] that will be launched in July 2014.
You may have already heard that after more than fifteen years, NORM will no longer license mechanical rights. It will remain a Music Publishers’ Association and its name will change to the MPA of SA. Members will continue to be represented by the Association in industry matters.
The concept of CAPASSO - the merger of NORM and SAMRO’s MR division - was originally mooted several years ago and was recently reinforced by the findings of the Copyright Review Commission in 2012 which advocated one mechanical rights’ society. The new Company will take over the licensing agency and you will still benefit from the same service that NORM has provided over the years.
The NORM staff have been retained and three additional positions have been created: a Chief Executive Officer, a Digital Music Licensing Administrator and a Stakeholder Relationship Co-ordinator. With the increased volumes in digital music usage, CAPASSO will be in a position to grant digital mechanical rights not only in Southern Africa but in Sub Saharan Africa as well.
The CAPASSO Board comprises experienced publishers, composers and executives from our local music industry: Nick Matsukis [independent Chair] Ryan Hill, Abe Sibiya, Louise Bulley, Sipho Dlamini, Alexis Faku, David Alexander and Nothando Migogo [CAPASSO CEO]
I urge you to contact any of the NORM staff should you have queries or concerns regarding the new agency. Over the course of the next few months, you will be requested to cancel your mandates with NORM and join CAPASSO as members and we will be there to guide you through this transition stage.
Assuring you of our best attention at all times
With kind regards