Australian artists to earn more

Copyright Tribunal ups price of songs played

SYDNEY — Australian artists Tuesday won a huge increase in pay for recorded music played in nightclubs and professionally operated dance parties.

Copyright Tribunal ruled that the price of songs played in nightclubs would rise from A7 cents (6 cents) to 94 cents per person calculated on the basis of the venue’s capacity, while songs played at dance parties would rise from 17 cents to $2.64 per person.

The move was lauded as overdue by Paul Christie, Phonographic Performance Company of Australia board member and one-time member of ’80s rockers Mondo Rock, who had hits including “Come Said the Boy” and “Chemistry.”

“Artists are entitled to a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work and this will go some way towards compensating us for our creative output,” he said.

However, the Australian Hotels Assn. warned that some clubs may close due to the increased levies.

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