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MACP DENIES INVOLVEMENT IN ALLEGATIONS OF NON-PAYMENT OF ROYALTIES
 
7 th October 2020, Kuala Lumpur - We refer to the news article titled “Artistes seek MACC probe of ‘hidden hands’ in royalties fiasco” published on the news portal Free Malaysia Today, dated October 6th 2020, where unsubstantiated and baseless allegations have been made of MACP’s involvement in the alleged mismanagement of collection of royalties owed to recording artistes, alongside 3 other companies. MACP would like to formally deny any involvement of said allegations as MACP functions to serve songwriters/composers/music publishers and not recording artistes. MACP asserts that the statement made is factually and grossly inaccurate.

Further, MACP would like to stress that we have no knowledge of both the purported existence of RM30 million in undistributed royalties for recording artistes and are not privy to the presence of supposed “hidden hands” as claimed by Freddie Fernandez. MACP maintains that we operate with the highest level of credibility, accountability and integrity, and have been serving the music industry with clean hands and dignity. In fact, Freddie Fernandez is a former Chairman of MACP of 12 years and we are confident that he is fully aware of MACP’s credentials and past records.

Dato’ M. Nasir, the current Chairman of MACP said, “As the Chairman of MACP, I affirm that there is no involvement on MACP’s end with regard to the alleged mismanagement of royalties owed to recording artistes as we are only dealing with songwriters/composers/music publishers. The allegations made against MACP are grossly inaccurate and MACP has no knowledge of the accusations.”

“We have received instructions from our client and are currently looking into the matter. At this juncture, it is plain and obvious there is no involvement by MACP and the allegations made are unfounded. Our client will be fully co-operative in the event this matter is investigated by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and we will be reaching out to Freddie Fernandez for clarifications” said Brian Law, of LAW Partnership, the advocate and solicitors representing MACP.

As an organisation with responsibility to its members and the music industry at large, MACP is concerned about any inaccurate allegations made against us that may adversely affect our reputation and create unwarranted anxiety amongst our members. We trust the media will set the ,record straight and appreciate any inaccuracy will be corrected as soon as possible.

MACP has at its level best, ensured that all its dealings are done in accordance with the law through good corporate governance and best business practices, giving priority to transparency, accountability and integrity and will continue to serve its members the same way.

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Royalti RM57 juta dikutip
 
MACP tunai janji salur pendapatan komposer, penulis lirik untuk 2019
Melalui detik sukar apabila sumber pendapatan penggiat seni kreatif terjejas akibat penularan COVID-19 sejak awal tahun ini, karyawan terutama komposer dan penulis lirik yang berdaftar dengan Badan Perlindungan Hak Cipta Muzik Berhad (MACP) kini mampu menarik nafas lega.

Sejak Selasa lalu, badan itu mengagihkan bayaran royalti kepada komposer dan penulis lirik bernilai RM57 juta, lebih awal daripada tempoh dijanjikan biarpun pandemik menjejaskan operasi dan pentadbiran syarikat terbabit. Bersyukur proses pengagihan lancar, Pemangku Pengurus MACP, Justin Johari, berkata seramai 4,402 ahli yang berdaftar sehingga 31 Disember 2019 sudah diberi bayaran royalti seperti diperuntukkan.

“Sebelum ini, kami memaklumkan kepada ahli melalui emel dan Facebook (FB) bahawa agihan akan dilaksanakan pada awal Oktober. Bagaimanapun, proses itu dapat diselesaikan lebih awal. Kami berjaya melaksanakannya, Selasa lalu. Namun, ramai kurang faham dan menyangka proses pengiraan tidak mengambil masa lama. Sebenarnya, tiga hingga empat bulan. Memang setiap tahun kami mengagihkan royalti pada Julai, namun, berikutan COVID-19, proses pengiraan bermula lewat. Jika ditolak tempoh Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan (PKP), kami hanya dapat memulakan proses pengiraan, Mei lalu dan bersyukur tugas ini dapat diselesaikan cepat daripada jangkaan,” katanya kepada HIP.

Justin berkata, pendapatan MACP meningkat pada 2019 sebanyak RM57 juta, berbanding RM54 juta pada tahun sebelumnya. Tambahnya, antara elemen ketara adalah peningkatan kutipan daripada sektor digital iaitu daripada RM12.3 juta pada 2018 kepada RM22.9 juta, tahun lalu.

Namun, Justin berkata, bagi kategori pelesenan umum antaranya membabitkan hotel, kedai atau ‘retail’, restoran, pusat karaoke dan konsert, menurun daripada RM32.9 juta kepada RM25.5 juta.

“Selaras dengan itu, MACP berjaya mengekalkan nisbah kos pendapatan sebelum cukai pada 4.6 peratus,” katanya. Justin berkata, jika diikutkan, MACP menyasarkan anggaran kutipan royalti sebanyak RM60 juta bagi 2019. Sehubungan itu, Justin berharap, ahli MACP boleh membayangkan penurunan kutipan bagi tahun ini ekoran pandemik COVID-19.

“Sehingga Oktober ini, kita boleh lihat pusat hiburan seperti kelab malam dan sebagainya, masih ditutup. Apatah lagi persatuan mewakili pengguna memohon diskaun dan pengecualian pembayaran ekoran pandemik ini. Apa yang diharapkan, dengan baki tiga bulan lagi, kami boleh mendapatkan kutipan yang baik untuk 2020,” katanya.

Terdahulu, berita pengagihan royalti diumumkan Pengerusi MACP, Datuk M Nasir pada mesyuarat agung tahunan (AGM), Isnin lalu. Pada mesyuarat itu, MACP berkongsi pelbagai faedah bersama ahlinya. M Nasir berkata, biarpun bukan badan kebajikan, MACP dapat meneruskan beberapa aktiviti dan faedah untuk ahli.

“Antaranya sumbangan kepada waris ahli yang meninggal dunia dan bayaran balik perbelanjaan hospital sehingga RM10,000 sepanjang tempoh keahlian. MACP juga menyalurkan sumbangan RM500 bagi perbelanjaan hospital untuk seorang ahli keluarga terdekat, geran pendidikan dalam muzik atau bidang yang berkaitan serta penyertaan dalam aktiviti anjuran MACP seperti bengkel, Malam MACP dan sukan secara percuma atau pada kos yang minimum,” katanya.

Selain itu, untuk ahli yang berusia 55 tahun ke atas, elaun RM500 diberi kepada individu yang memenuhi kriteria 50 karya berdaftar dengan MACP dan menjadi ahli untuk sekurang-kurangnya 10 tahun. MACP turut memberikan sumbangan RM500 kepada ahli berikutan cabaran yang dihadapi disebabkan penularan COVID-19.

“Namun, semua faedah ini tidak bersifat kekal. Ia akan dikaji semula oleh lembaga pengarah dari masa ke semasa berdasarkan kemampuan MACP berikutan jumlah ahli semakin meningkat. Sebagai contoh, sumbangan kepada waris adalah bergantung kepada sumbangan ahli kepada industri muzik dan tidak semua keluarga ahli akan menerima jumlah yang sama,” katanya.

Ogos lalu, MACP menafikan dakwaan kelewatan agihan bayaran royalti kepada komposer dan penulis lirik tahun ini berpunca daripada isu kecuaian dan pengurusan organisasi yang dikatakan tidak cekap. Justin dilaporkan berkata, sama seperti syarikat lain, MACP sebagai badan yang menjalankan tugas pengumpulan royalti secara kolektif atau Collective Management Organization (CMO), tidak terkecuali menerima impak penularan wabak COVID-19. Operasi MACP dilaporkan tergendala selepas Perdana Menteri, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin mengumumkan pelaksanaan Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan (PKP) mulai 18 Mac lalu. Kali pertama berdepan situasi mencabar, MACP mengakui tidak mempunyai mekanisme, perancangan dan sistem yang sesuai untuk menghadapi situasi seperti pandemik COVID-19. Baru-baru ini, penulis lirik terkenal, Ad Samad dilaporkan mendakwa kecuaian dan pengurusan tidak cekap menjadi punca agihan royalti daripada MACP kepada komposer dan penulis lirik untuk tahun ini, tertangguh. Ad atau nama sebenar, Ahmad Shahadrian A Samad, berkata badan pemungut royalti itu memberi alasan kelewatan agihan royalti berpunca daripada penularan wabak COVID-19. Ad dilaporkan berkata, MACP ada mengagihkan bayaran pendahuluan RM500 kepada ahli sebagai bantuan atas pandemik COVID-19. Namun, jumlah itu tidak mencukupi bagai menampung perbelanjaan ahli yang menerima bayaran royalti atas hasil kerja seni setiap tahun.

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Notice of AGM
 


CHANGE OF VENUE OF THE 30TH AGM
Please be advised that due to unforeseen circumstances, the venue of the 30th AGM of the Association, which was originally scheduled to be held at Dewan Azman Hashim, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Sultan Yahya Petra, 54100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan on Monday, 28 September 2020 at 2:30 p.m. has been changed to mmCineplexes @ E-Curve, Hall 8, Level 2, eCurve, No. 2A, Jalan PJU 7/3, Mutiara Damansara, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan (“AGM Venue”).

Other than the change of AGM Venue, the date and time of the 30th AGM as stated in the Notice of AGM remain unchanged.

* Please be informed that registration for attendance at the 30th AGM will close one (1) hour after the commencement of the 30th AGM at 3:30 p.m. Hence, you are advised to arrive and register for attendance at the AGM Venue before the aforementioned time in order to be granted entry into the AGM Venue.



PROPOSED SPECIAL RESOLUTION BY MEMBERS
As stated in the Circular accompanying the Notice of AGM, Article 18 of the Articles of Association of MACP (“AA”) stipulates that “any number of Members entitled to be present and vote at a general meeting representing not less than one-twentieth of the total voting rights of all members or not less than twenty members having the right to vote at the meeting to which the resolution relates, may submit any resolution to any General Meeting, provided that at least for the prescribed time before the day appointed for the "meeting such Members shall serve upon the Association a notice of intention in writing containing the proposed resolution, and declaring their intention to submit the same. The prescribed time abovementioned shall be not less than ten nor more than twenty-one intervening days between the date that the notice of intention is served and the day appointed for the meeting.”

Pursuant to the above, the Association had on 9 September 2020 received a Notice of Intention dated 3 September 2020 from twenty-one (21) Full Members jointly proposing the following Special Resolution to be tabled at the forthcoming 30th AGM of the Association (“Notice of Intention”):-

Proposed deletion of the existing Article 31 (a), (b), (c), (d)(i), (d)(ii) and (e) and replacement with a new Article 31.



NOMINATION OF CANDIDATES FOR ELECTION AS WRITER DIRECTORS
As stated in the Circular accompanying the Notice of AGM, Article 43 of the AA stipulates that “no person not being a retiring Director shall, unless recommended by the Board for appointment, be eligible for election to the office of Director at any General Meeting unless, not less than ten nor more than twenty-one days before the date appointed for the meeting, there shall have been left at the Office a notice in writing signed by a Full Member, of his intention to propose such person for election, and also notice in writing signed by that person of his willingness to be elected.”

Pursuant to the above, the Association has received five (5) Nomination Forms from five (5) Writer Full Members nominating the following candidates for election as Writer Directors of MACP:-

No. Candidate Nominator
1. Roger Daniel Wong Voon @ Roger Wang Asmin bin Mudin
2. Mohd Zan bin Abu Bakar Jeffri bin Mohammed Nordin
3. Damian Mikhail Seet Ridhwan bin Mohd Aris
4. Norzaini bin Mohd Hudzaifei bin Hazmi
5. Shathesh Raj a/l Ramachandran Musa bin Radhi


The aforesaid candidates are eligible for election as Writer Directors of the Association in accordance with Article 43 of the AA and hence, the above nominations shall be tabled at the 30th AGM of the Association for the members’ consideration.

Notwithstanding the above, Article 39(a) of the AA stipulates that “at least one of the six (6) Writer Directors to be elected under paragraph (a)(i) shall be a Writer Full Member from East Malaysia and based in East Malaysia during the tenure of his/her directorship of the Association. In the event there are no candidates named as Nominate Candidates, and there are no Writer Directors from and based in East Malaysia, then the Writer Full Members shall be allowed, for the purposes of filing such vacancy, to elect a person, who is not from nor based in East Malaysia, as a Writer Director, provide that such person is eligible to be a Writer Director by satisfying all the other relevant requirements set out in Article 39. For the purposes of this paragraph, “East Malaysia” means Sabah and Sarawak, and “Nominate Candidates” means persons who are nominated to be elected as a Writer Director.”

In view that Roger Daniel Wong Voon @ Roger Wang is the sole Writer Director candidate who is a Writer Full Member from East Malaysia, he shall be automatically elected as a Writer Director of MACP at the conclusion of the 30th AGM in compliance with Article 39(a) of the AA. The remaining four (4) candidates together with the two (2) retiring Writers Directors, namely Datuk Ahmad Izham bin Omar and Johar bin Teh Othman, shall stand for election/re-election as Writer Director to fill the remaining vacancy in the Board.



REVISED FORM OF PROXY
Pursuant to the inclusion of additional Agenda of the 30th AGM of the Association as described in Items B and C above, the Form of Proxy for the 30th AGM has been updated (“Updated Form of Proxy”). The Updated Form of Proxy is annexed herewith as Appendix B.

If you have yet to appoint a proxy to represent you at the 30th AGM and wishes to do so now, you are advised to execute and submit the Updated Form of Proxy to the Registered Office of the Association by 2:30 p.m. on 26 September 2020(i.e., forty-eight (48) hours before the commencement of the 30th AGM). If you have submitted the Form of Proxy which accompanies the Notice of AGM prior to the receipt of this Notification Letter, you are encouraged to submit the Updated Form of Proxy to update your voting instructions for the proposed resolutions as described in Items B and C. Failure to submit the Updated Form of Proxy will not invalidate any previous submission of the Form of Proxy for the 30th AGM of the Association.

However, should you opt not to submit the Updated Form of Proxy before the stipulated deadline, the appointed proxy shall vote or abstain from voting on the proposed resolutions in relation to Items B and C at his/her discretion.

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AGM 2020




       
Minutes of the Twenty-Ninth Annual General Meeting
Minutes of the Twenty-Ninth Annual General Meeting of the Members of the Company held at D'Strand Banquet Hall, F55, First Floor, Strand Mall, Japan PJU 5/22, Encorp Strand Mall, Kota Damansara, PJU 5, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan on Monday, 30 September 2019 at 3.00pm, is available for viewing. For MACP members that are interested to receive a copy of the above Minutes, please email your request to: general@macp.com.my


       
MACP ROYALTIES DISTRIBUTION UPDATE
Most countries in the world are going through an unprecedented time with COVID 19. Malaysia is no exception. Every sector of our economy has been affected by this pandemic resulting in loss of income, unemployment and business closures. It has been difficult for everyone.

MACP too, has had its own challenges.

During the Movement Control Order (MCO), our operations were interrupted. This has affected the documentation and distribution process of royalty income.

As a result, the distribution of royalties to our members is expected to be in early October 2020.

We are doing our best to lessen the burden of the times, including:

1) distributing digital royalties at the end of March this year;
2) working with the Government to get financial aid for our members; and
3) giving out MACP’s Covid19 contribution to members last May.

As an additional initiative, we are now open for interim (advance) royalty applications especially for first-time applicants. Email us at general@macp.com.my before 16 August 2020. Terms and conditions apply.

On behalf of the Board of Directors and all at MACP, please keep safe and continue with your creative work. There will be brighter days ahead.

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any queries.

Yours truly,

Justin Johari
Acting General Manager


   


MAKLUMAT TERKINI MENGENAI PENGAGIHAN ROYALTI MACP
Kebanyakan negara di dunia sedang melalui satu krisis pada skala yang belum pernah terjadi sebelumnya melalui COVID 19. Malaysia tidak terkecuali. Setiap sektor ekonomi amat terkesan oleh wabak ini, mengakibatkan hilang punca pendapatan, pengangguran dan penamatan perniagaan. Keadaan yang sukar untuk semua orang.

MACP juga, menghadapi cabarannya tersendiri.

Ketika tempoh Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan (PKP), operasi kami telah tergendala. Ini telah memberikan kesan kepada proses dokumentasi dan pengagihan royalti.

Akibatnya, pengagihan royalti kepada para ahli MACP dijangkakan akan berlaku pada awal bulan Oktober 2020.

MACP berusaha dengan gigih untuk mengurangkan beban di luar jangkaan ini, termasuk:

1) pengagihan royalti digital pada akhir bulan Mac tahun ini;
2) bekerjasama dengan pihak Kerajaan untuk mendapatkan bantuan kewangan untuk ahli; dan
3) memberikan ahli sumbangan Covid19 syarikat MACP pada bulan Mei yang lalu.

Sebagai inisiatif seterusnya, MACP telah membuka untuk permohonan royalti interim (pendahuluan), terutamanya bagi ahli yang pertama kali memohon. Sila email kami di general@macp.com.my sebelum 16 Ogos 2020. Tertakluk kepada terma dan syarat.

Bagi pihak Lembaga Pengarah dan semua di MACP, semoga anda sentiasa berjaga dan teruskan berkarya. Masa depan yang cerah pasti akan datang dengan izinNya.

Jika terdapat sebarang kemusykilan, anda dijemput untuk menghubungi kami.

Yang benar,

Justin Johari
Pemangku Pengurus Besar


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MACP, PPM AND RPM RESUME LICENSING WITH DISSOLUTION OF MRM
10th July 2020, Kuala Lumpur - Music Authors’ Copyright Protection (MACP) Berhad (MACP), Public Performance Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. (PPM) and Recording Performers Malaysia Berhad (RPM) (“Licensing Bodies”) have today announced the dissolution of Music Rights Malaysia Berhad (MRM).

MRM was incorporated by the Licensing Bodies as a joint venture non-profit company to carry out collective music licensing effective 1 January 2017 after receiving the requisite declaration by the Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO). Unfortunately, MRM was unable to function effectively as a collective music licensing body due to the insurmountable challenges in getting a consensus between the Licensing Bodies on material operational matters resulting in MRM not being able to move forward. After long extended negotiations and deliberations, the Licensing Bodies came to the conclusion that it would be in the best interest of all rightsholders to dissolve MRM and for the Licensing Bodies to license music users independently as before. Music licensees can also expect a better level of service from the 3 Licensing Bodies with this new arrangement. As a result of this dissolution, MRM will be terminating its operations and returning its licensing mandate back to its constituent Licensing Bodies. This intention was conveyed to MyIPO and The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs.

In this regard, music users are advised that all existing licensing contracts currently signed with MRM will be terminated, and the Licensing Bodies will resume as the new contractual parties, according to the mandate granted by their respective members. The targeted start date of this new licensing arrangement is 1 May 2020.

With the new licensing arrangement, each Licensing Body will set its own tariffs, and our friendly licensing officers and authorized agents will be going to the ground to reach out to our valued licensees and the public to further explain on this new licensing arrangement.

We will ensure that this new arrangement will be carried out smoothly in compliance with any law and regulation.

Once this arrangement is in place, MACP, PPM and RPM can resume their roles of independently collecting fair remuneration for the use of music on behalf of their respective rightsholders while at the same time better serving the needs of commercial music users.

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NEW HOTLINE


Dear Members
With effect from 17 June 2020 onwards, MACP will be introducing our new MEMBERSHIP HOTLINE number to cater to all inquiries pertaining to MACP membership.
WhatsApp” application to 013 662 9638 from Monday to Friday (9.00 am -8.00 pm).
Should you have any further clarification, please do not hesitate to contact us at 03 6207 8638 or you may email us at membership@macp.com.my

Ahli Yang Dihormati
Berkuatkuasa 17 Jun 2020, MACP akan memperkenalkan talian MEMBERSHIP HOTLINE untuk sebarang pertanyaan berkenaan keahlian MACP.
Sila kemukakan semua pertanyaan melalui applikasi “WhatsApp” ke 013 662 9638 dari Isnin hingga Jumaat (9.00 am - 8.00 pm).
Untuk sebarang pertanyaan lanjut sila hubungi kami di talian 03 6207 8638 atau emel ke membership@macp.com.my


       
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If you are playing music commercially, you need to obtain a license.
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Covid19 Special Relief Contribution / Sumbangan Ehsan Khas - 22 May 2020

Dear MACP Writer Members,
Special Relief Contribution
Our heart goes out to fellow members whose creativity and livelihood are impacted by the pandemic of Covid19.
We are pleased to inform that MACP has contributed RM500 for each Full Writer Member today through the payment methods in our records.
With this small gesture to spark positive change, we hope everyone will be able to weather the storm and come out stronger, together!

Sumbangan Ehsan Khas
Salam kasih sayang bagi para ahli yang terkesan, dari segi kreativiti dan punca pendapatan, akibat penularan wabak Covid19.
Dengan sukacitanya kami memaklumkan bahawa MACP telah menyalurkan sumbangan ehsan sebanyak RM500 untuk setiap ahli penuh MACP pada hari ini melalui cara pembayaran di dalam rekod kami.
Melalui usaha kecil untuk menghasilkan perubahan positif, kami berharap agar semua dapat mengharungi segala rintangan dan bangkit semula!