Composers and Authors Society of Singapore (COMPASS)
The Composers and Authors Society of Singapore (COMPASS) is an organization created to protect and promote the copyright interests of composers, authors (and their heir) and publishers of musical works and their related lyrics. COMPASS is a non-profit public company which administers the public performance, broadcast, diffusion and reproduction rights in music and musical associated literary works on behalf of its members.
COMPASS deals specifically with music copyright and the usage of musical works. It was formed in 1987 in conjunction with the enactment of the Copyright Act of Singapore to answer the call of composers, lyricists and publishers in need of copyright protection. The purpose was to provide them with a means of compensation for usage of their creative material by other parties. This was accomplished by setting up a registry of musical works for composers and lyricists whereby their works would be protected by the society.
In addition, the society has established a licensing department to ensure that members are duly compensated, in the form of royalties, for use of their material. By enforcement, the members would also be protected from any unauthorized usage of their materials and be subjected todue rewards. In addition to the control and ownership of music written and published locally, COMPASS has entered into reciprocal agreements with other affiliated societies worldwide. This means that COMPASS administers the works of composers, lyricists and publishers worldwide, representing almost all copyright musical works in the world.Members are required to register all their works with COMPASS, enabling them to have complete information of the works, thus facilitating royalty distribution. It does not constitute ‘copyrighting’ the song.
I was really honoured to be able to attend the award presentation for the past 5 years as my hubby is a songwriter hence a COMPASS member for over a decade. Seeing so many home-grown talents receive their recognition every year, I’m really very proud of the Singaporean artistes who made it big on the world stage, you deserve our admiration and applause! Thank you for making Singapore seen even though we are just a small dot on the map. It is never an easy path in this entertainment industry. Many went through so much to get to where they are today. As a wife of a very persistent artiste, I guess the best way I can contribute is to give my fullest support and be that strong woman behind a successful man!
The event was held at the lovely Resorts World Sentosa on Sunday, 28th September 2014. Music brings people together and there are still many who are so passionate that nothing is able to stop them from pursuing this dream of theirs. It was really nice catching up with all the people there! More like an annual gathering for them and of course not forgetting the many wefies and selfies taken! A great night indeed… Thank you COMPASS for inspiring us! See you again next year!