On January 1st 2001 a new legislation introduced into Ireland has meant that all Irish artists and performers, featured and non-featured are entitled to a payment when a sound recording that they have contributed to is publicly broadcast in Ireland. This right has existed in other countries for quite some time.
R.A.A.P. (Recorded Artists Actors Performers) was set up to administer this new right and collect worldwide on behalf of its members. R.A.A.P. is a not-for-profit company run by performers for performers. It is limited by guarantee and controlled by a board of directors elected by the members.
The Copyright Owners Collecting Society P.P.I. collects the income from broadcast and public performance from the different users, radio, T.V., nightclubs, hotels, restaurants and everywhere music is publicly broadcast. This income is then shared with performers through an agreement entered into between R.A.A.P. and P.P.I.
R.A.A.P. collects worldwide through international reciprocal agreements entered into under E.U. and W.I.P.O. directives.