What
We Do

IFPI is the voice of the recording industry worldwide. IFPI and its National Group network represents the interests of some 8,000 members across the globe.

OUR MISSION

Promoting the value of recorded music


We demonstrate its economic value in creating growth, jobs and investment and its cultural value to society and people’s lives.

Campaigning for the rights of record producers


We work to make sure that the rights of our members, who create, produce and invest in music, are properly protected and enforced.

Expanding the commercial uses of recorded music


Working to help our members license and generate commercial value for music through every available channel across the world.

Our core functions include:

Global Data & Analysis

IFPI’s Global Data and Analysis team works closely with member companies, national groups and industry partners to improve the global data landscape for the recorded music industry. This includes responsibility for:

Delivering the global recorded music market size data that forms the backbone of IFPI’s Global Music Report.

Producing recorded music industry market size and share reports to members through the IFPI Market Analysis Portal (MAP).

Leading industry efforts to standardise company revenue reporting.

Providing analysis of macro-economic indicators, emerging markets and key lead indicators such as streaming service subscriber numbers.

Developing intuitive tools to enable better understanding of market performance.

Supporting wider projects linked to the agenda to promote the recorded music industry, including the Investing in Music report and global artist royalty analysis.

In addition to collecting and delivering data, IFPI’s Global Data and Analysis team plays an active role in governance, helping our members to set the agenda for the future in this crucial space.

Global Data & Analysis

Global Charts and Certifications

IFPI’s Global Charts and Certifications team is tasked with compiling IFPI’s Global Artist, Single and Album charts, the only charts to track recorded music performance globally capturing all recorded music consumption. In addition to managing and developing the global charts, the team also investigates additional ways of providing a global view of music consumption, and facilitates industry efforts to standardise national charts and certifications around the world through:

– Introducing national charts and certifications to new markets.

-Assisting the inclusion of new consumption channels to charts and certifications according to a consistent methodology, to ensure charts and certifications are relevant to how people consume music.

– Working with music platforms (such as streaming services) to ensure they are delivering data that is consistent and in line with global standards.

– Promoting competition between chart compilers, improving standards of chart data delivery and value for money.

– Sharing and developing best practice methods to increase the reach and impact of charts and certifications around the world.

Global Charts and Certifications

Insight & Analysis

The Insight team designs, constructs, analyses and helps disseminate research relevant to areas within IFPI, our member companies, National Groups, and industry partners. This includes studies of music listeners across the globe, the recorded music market, and developments in both licensed and unlicensed music consumption.

The team is responsible for IFPI’s Music Consumer Study,
the largest music-focused research survey worldwide.

Insight & Analysis

Communications

The Communications team works to promote the role and value of our recording industry members worldwide. It supports the work of IFPI’s other departments, offices and national groups in a wide range of campaigns and activities with ultimate aim of improving the environment for recorded music around the world.

As part of this work, the Communications team produces high quality public information materials to support all the organisation’s key activities, including IFPI’s Global Music Report.

Communications

Licensing

The IFPI global licensing team works, in close cooperation with the legal policy team, to grow performance rights revenues for record producers worldwide through improving the operation of the existing music licensing companies (MLCs), through identifying and helping to implement best practices; working with the MLCs to secure fair tariffs for the broadcasting and public performance of sound recordings; and setting up new MLCs to manage and collectively license performance rights, including in emerging markets in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Licensing

Legal Policy

The legal policy team coordinates IFPI’s work for effective legal protection in all music markets.

The legal policy team campaigns to secure better rights in those markets worldwide which do not meet international best practice. This includes creating fair digital markets worldwide, recognition of full performance rights, and the minimum 70-year term of protection for recorded music. It also informs IFPI’s voice in debates about copyright, and promotes the role of copyright in supporting investment in music and licensing of digital music services.

Legal Policy

Litigation

The litigation team drives a global litigation strategy designed to disrupt and close down services that infringe copyright.

The litigation team supports criminal prosecutions by public authorities, brings civil cases against businesses that facilitate copyright infringement and takes action to ensure that intermediaries, such as access providers and host providers, play their part in tackling unauthorised uses.

Litigation

Content Protection & Enforcement

The global team supports member companies in all content protection and enforcement activities. Through intelligence-led programmes, IFPI delivers 24/7 monitoring of online infringements whilst providing technical expertise and advice to members.

The Content Protection & Enforcement team has devised pioneering strategies and programmes to deter, disrupt and dismantle illegal online activities. Through partnerships with global, regional and local law enforcement agencies, online intermediaries and regulatory bodies, we ensure that we are able to provide this capability across the globe.

Content Protection & Enforcement

International Trade

IFPI’s international trade team works with governments, international organisations, and cross-sector industry coalitions to help spread best practices in terms of IPR protection, enforcement, and the regulatory environment for investment in music production.

International Trade

Technology

IFPI’s technology team manages the global implementation of the International Standard Recording Code, the key identifier for recordings, which forms a core piece of the industry’s metadata landscape.

It works with the worldwide industry and technology partners on digital infrastructure such as DDEX, database initiatives and audio recognition and provides technology insight, working with members, national groups and MLCs across all areas of digital music and related technology.

Technology

IFPI offices

IFPI’s European office coordinates the industry’s advocacy at EU level on the key issues affecting the business environment its members operate in. These include protection of copyright, enforcement, licensing, online regulatory issues and international trade.

IFPI’s Asian Regional Office leads the recording industry’s initiatives across the Asia Pacific region. The team also works with the organisation’s representative office in Beijing to campaign to improve the legislative environment in China and open up the world’s second largest economy as a leading recorded music market.

IFPI’s Latin American and Caribbean office spearheads the industry’s activities across the region. Its longstanding efforts to improve the operations of music licensing companies have helped deliver a dramatic increase in performance rights revenues over recent years. For more information in Spanish about this region, please visit www.ifpilatina.org

IFPI’s Sub-Saharan Africa regional office works across the region’s 46 countries championing issues affecting the local recording industry and supporting the further development of the music market in those countries. It deals with policy and advocacy issues; strengthening the structure of the region’s recording sector and working with music licensing companies to enhance licensing and distribution in the region, in close cooperation with rightsholders and regulatory bodies.

IFPI offices