What is SCAPR
SCAPR, the Societies' Council for the Collective Management of Performers' Rights was founded in 1986.
SCAPR is a not-for-profit organisation based in Brussels, Belgium. Operating as an international platform for the development of the practical cooperation between performers' collective management organisations (CMOs), SCAPR strives to improve the exchange of data and performers' rights payments across borders.
As an organisation we represent 61 CMO's from 44 countries.
Our primary aim is to improve the efficiency of management of rights and the conclusion of bilateral agreements.
The organisation develops strategies, formats and administrative systems in relation to collecting and distributing payments to performers'. SCAPR also develops and manages databases (IPD and VRDB2) and other technical systems housing information on performers and their performances for a more efficient international distribution of the collected payments, under the supervision of its IT Council. SCAPR provides assistance for the exchange of information between CMOs, on such items as administrative procedures, legal proceedings/arbitrations, collecting procedures, published tariffs and distribution schemes.
SCAPR has developed several tools over the years and as a result the mission of the Information Technology Council (ITC) is to ensure the IT governance which contributes to the efficiency of collective management organizations (CMO’s) in administering performers’ rights. The ITC reports to the Board about on-going projects and any technical issues which may hinder the cross border payments of SCAPR members. The ITC is made up of 3 SCAPR Board members and two members elected from the SCAPR membership at large. The ITC works very closely with SCAPR's Technical Working Group (TWG).
The main tools developed and managed by the ITC, so far, are the International Performers' Database (IPD), and the Virtual Recording Database (VRDB2). The ITC also participates in several technical related projects such as IMR, ISNI, ISAN, SDEG and WIPOCOS. An outline of some of these projects can be seen under Tools/Projects.
Each year SCAPR holds a General Assembly for all of its’ members and invited Observers to discuss the activities and priorities of SCAPR and share information on issues and activities related to improving international co-operation for the benefit of collective management of performers’ rights. The next General Assembly will be held May 24-27, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. Any organization involved in the collective management of performers' rights can request an invitation to attend the General Assembly as an Observer by contacting the SCAPR Secretariat.
Rémy has joined SCAPR in June 2016 as Managing Director. After a Master’s degree in Business Administration and Finance from the Paris Pantheon-Assas University, he has worked in the Finance industry for 15 years where he had the opportunity to deal with risk assessment, client development and operation management.
He was then appointed as Country Manager of a Belgian subsidiary of an international banking organization where during 5 years he dealt with strategy definition, budget preparation, financial reporting & controlling, corporate housekeeping, compliance, people and change management.
Rémy benefits also from a strong background with multicultural organizations. He had in charge strategic IT and Legal projects with stakeholders from various countries with the goal to ensure the sustainability of the operations and the development of the business.
Bi-lateral Agreements Co-ordinator
With a degree in Business Administration at Alcala de Henares University, Madrid, Isabel has been devoted for over 11 years to developing the International Department at AIE (Spanish Collecting Society for Musician’ rights), promoting the signature of bilateral agreements and playing an active role on building up standards tools and procedures to assist in the cooperation between CMO’s and increasing cross-border payments. Isabel has developed strong relationship between the SCAPR organizations and she is willing to help out on the defense of Right holders’ rights.
Julio César Alvarez
Julio César Alvarez is managing the new VRDB project along with IT matters relating to SCAPR. He holds a degree in Computer Science, a post grade in Industrial Engineering, an Executive MBA from the Instituto de Empresa-IE, a Diploma in International Relationships from the Diplomatic School and a professional PMP certificate by PMI. He has acquired a valuable experience in the following industries: collective rights management, music distribution, manufacturing, transportation, insurance and banking, having led the IPD4-International Performers Database V4 project in 2012 for IPDA. He has worked for different international IT firms since 1989, assuming responsibilities as member of their Executive Boards, Organization-Risk-Quality director, subdirector of Consulting divisions, Ops. Manager, MIS director, Global and IT Risk manager, IT strategic consultant or ISO Standards compliance responsible.
Administration and Communications Assistant
Clémence joined SCAPR’ office in January 2016. After a Bachelor in Sociology in Lille (France) she obtained a Master’s degree in Intercultural Relations and International Cooperation. During her Master’s degree she collaborated with the Alliance Française in Caracas, Venezuela, and the French Embassy in Porto Alegre, Brasil. She worked six years as a cultural manager for theater and circus’ companies in France and Belgium.
With her administrative and communications experience she will be providing information to the SCAPR members and support to the Board and the SCAPR Secretariat.