The term “neighbouring rights” originates from the French droits voisins (‘near rights’) and is a fairly loose term used to refer to other music rights that are separate from but may exist alongside the musical composition copyright. In the EU, these rights fall under the International Convention for the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organizations (Rome, 1961). If you are a performer on a sound recording, as a named artist or not, then you qualify for royalties arising from the public performance and broadcasting of that sound recording. These rights do not fully exist everywhere, most notably in the US, where only non-interactive digital/cable/satellite performances (e.g. digital radio) are licensed and paid out on.
Paul Rodriguez Music has represented artists’ and independent record labels’ neighbouring rights for over 30 years. We are members of several royalty collection societies, such as PPL in the UK, PPI in Ireland, GVL in Germany and Gramex in Denmark.