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What is Gramex?

Gramex is a copyright society which promotes and administers the rights, prescribed in the Copyright Act, of performing artists whose performances have been recorded on phonograms and of producers of phonograms.

The most important practical function of Gramex is to collect remunerations for the use of phonograms and to distribute the collected remunerations to those entitled to them.

Purpose of Gramex. GRAMEX, Copyright Society of Performing Artists and Phonogram Producers in Finland, administers and promotes the rights, prescribed in the Copyright Act, of performers whose performances have been recorded on phonograms and of producers of phonograms, collects remunerations under the Copyright Act, and distributes the remunerations among those entitled to them.

GRAMEX also promotes the general conditions of Finnish performing music and phonogram production. To fulfil its purpose, GRAMEX keeps abreast of both national and international developments in copyright legislation, and participates in this development work.

Cost  efficent. Gramex deliveres almost 9/10 of the collected payments to the clients and music promotion activities, as the rest is used for administration of Gramex.

Non-profit organisation. Gramex is a non-profit organisation, governed by the representatives of artists' and producers' organisations.

Members. Members of GRAMEX are registered societies the members of which comprise persons or corporate bodies entitled to remunerations as performers or producers.

Administration. The administration of Gramex is the responsibility of a Managing Director and a Board of Directors made up of six members and a chairman. Three of the Board members are elected from among phonogram producers and three from among performers. The members elected from among performers are to represent different groups of performers.

The Chairman of the Board of Directors is to represent copyright expertise, and he/she must not belong to either one of the above-mentioned groups of right-holders.