One of Spain’s collecting societies, SGAE, is coming in from the cold and being readmitted to global PROs organisation Cisac, after reforms that the latter say “have transformed the society and its operations”.

SGAE was temporarily booted out of Cisac in May 2019, after well-documented controversies around how it was run, and particularly ‘The Wheel’, a scheme that saw members’ music played through the night on some Spanish TV channels, and thus routing a large portion of broadcast usage revenues to those rightsholders.

That’s one of the things that has been reformed: there will now be a maximum 20% cap on royalties paid for music that is broadcast during the night in Spain.

Other reforms include changes to the way SGAE’s board and supervisory board are elected, and a new code of conduct addressing conflicts of interest. “The reforms implemented should help SGAE better serve its members and international partners, and drive recovery in collections after the deep crisis caused by the pandemic,” said Cisac’s director-general Gadi Oron and board chairman Marcelo Castello Branco in a joint statement.

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