Neighbouring rights. You either understand the meaning of the term, or you ought to. Whichever camp you’re in, there’s always more to learn, more to earn.

Neighbouring rights are, in essence, the rights related to the public performance of master recordings. Of course, nothing in the area of royalty collections and copyright is quite so simple.

This intricate, confusing world of cross-border micropayments, however, is a growing one worth multiple billions of dollars. Which means another important income stream for artists.

Independent music services powerhouse Kobalt is recognised as the undisputed market leader in the neighbouring rights business, representing over 2,000 performers including A$AP Rocky, The Chainsmokers, Dua Lipa, Kygo, Lil Wayne,  Young Thug and many more.

Kobalt’s Australian clients include Kevin Parker, Sia, Dean Lewis, Flume and Chet Faker and the company continues to expand its global footprint (for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018, Kobalt reported its first-ever payments from South Africa).

TIO caught up with Ann Tausis, Managing Director of Kobalt Neighbouring Rights (KNR) and Simon Moor, Managing Director, Kobalt Music Group APAC, for a lesson on neighbouring rights and what’s behind the projections of growth.