Representing the rights and interests of featured artists in the music industry

“Where words fail, music speaks”

– Hans Christensen Anderson

IAO is the umbrella association for national organisations representing the rights and interests of featured artists in the music industry.

Our principal interests are transparency, the protection of intellectual property and a fair reflection of the value an artist’s work generates.

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IAO Voicing the Artist’s Needs at Midem

IAO Voicing the Artist’s Needs at Midem

At the annual Music Industry Conference in Cannes last week Tore Engström Østby represented IAO in a panel discussing The Creator & The Industry; Sharing The Created Value.  After an introduction by MEP Ibán García Del Blanco, who commissioned report «Cultural...

MIDEM 24   How can artists be fairly compensated?

MIDEM 24 How can artists be fairly compensated?

How can artists be fairly compensated? This is the main question for a panel at this year's MIDEM. Tore Engström Østby will on behalf of IAO discuss the matters with a representative from the EU parliament and leaders from Spotify, Deezer, A2IM. The panel will discuss...

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IAO VOICING THE ARTIST’S NEEDS AT MIDEMAt the annual Music Industry Conference in Cannes last week Tore Engström Østby represented IAO in a panel discussing The Creator & The Industry; Sharing The Created Value. After an introduction by MEP Ibán García Del Blanco, who commissioned report «Cultural diversity and the conditions for authors in the European music streaming market» panelists from A2IM, Deezer and Spotify alongside IAO discussed the reality of the streaming economy. The panel touched upon contractual conditions, equitable renumeration and distribution models. Engström Østby argued that a user centric model would not only result in fair payment to creators, but also stimulate cultural diversity. It will also provide the best tool to counteract manipulation of streaming and AI products flooding the market. After the panel Tore Engström Østby and Nacho Garcia Vega for IAO and Nick Yule for the AEPO-ARTIS took the opportunity to discuss with MEP Ibán García Del Blanco the necessity of the resolution leading to concrete results.Tore Ostby official Ibán García del Blanco Midem IAO Music Nacho García Vega ... See MoreSee Less
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IAO alongside 12 other organisations call for EU legislators to address the AI challenges and to engage in a comprehensive and democratic debate leading to a clear legal framework preserving the rights and the integrity of the works of creators.

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