Algarve establishments inspected for music licences

Bars, discos, restaurants and events that use recorded music and music videos are being inspected across the Algarve by licensing service Passmúsica.

This summer operation, which led to the closure of four bars in Vila Real de Santo António on August 7 and runs until the end of September, is being carried out by Passmúsica along with the authorities as a last effort for establishments to get licences voluntarily.

Passmúsica is a licensing body created by Audiogest, the entity that manages music producers rights, and GDA, the management cooperative for the rights of artists, interpreters and performers, and represents authorisation from both for the use of recorded music and music videos.

The main purpose of this operation is to raise awareness among establishments and their owners for the need to have licences for recorded music and videos, as well as the royalty fees that are paid to those who produced the music.

Passmúsica also aims to identify new unlicensed establishments as well as give a last opportunity for voluntary licensing for those who already have processes against them for being unlicensed.

Nuno Fialho, licensing director of Passmúsica, said: “We are sure that with this summer action in the Algarve we will create the necessary conditions for the voluntary licensing of recorded music to be shown in public.

 “The Algarve is vital for our national licensing strategy. With this action, we hope to soon open a branch in the region.”

The PJ, PSP, maritime and GNR police forces are entitled to carry out inspections as well as ASAE and the inspection body for cultural activities (IGAC). In case of being caught red handed, the authorities can confiscate all objects and equipment related to the offence.

For more information about recorded music licences, please telephone the information line, open between 9am and 6pm on 707 50 55 60 or call 213 137 640. Alternatively, email info@passmusica.pt or visit the website, available in Portuguese only, at www.passmusica.pt