Japanese musicians offered securitization opportunity

Japan''s budding musicians are being offered the chance to release CDs by securitizing their copyrights.

The Japanese music industry could be the latest sector to embrace the joys of securitization, following the establishment of a finance company that wants to encourage recording artists to securitize their copyrights, and then use the proceeds to create CDs.

Music Securities Ltd believes that budding musicians will exploit this possibility as it removes the need for them to find a record company for distribution.

Instead, bands and singers will be invited to send demo tapes to the company, which will then work with the artist on a structured funding programme, using proceeds from the sale of copyright-backed bonds.

If an artist's bond sales prove successful, they can then work on putting their music...

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