On Monday, Aug 19 singers in Chennai launched Indian Singers’ Rights Association (ISRA) Chennai chapter. Singers in Mumbai recently formed ISRA to ensure that playback singers receive the royalties they are due for songs they have recorded. ISRA is similar to Indian Performing Right Society (IPRS) that works to secure royalty for composers and lyricists.
The veteran playback singer SP Balasubramaniyam said: “This is not a fight for money. We’re just utilising the right to royalty. Musicians will be paid the income they deserve. Any song that was recorded after 1963 is eligible for royalty claims. If the singer is dead, the money will go to legal heirs who are registered with the ISRA.”
Managing director of ISRA Sanjay Tandon said : “ The law for singers to claim their royalty is part of the Copyright (Amendment) Bill, 2010. All singers who are members of this body are eligible to collect royalty for songs played on television or radio or used for commercial purposes.”
All top singers like Yesudas, SPB, Hariharan, P Susheela and a host of young voices were there at ISRA Chennai chapter launch.