As Dr. Walravens explained there was some concern about the financial future
of the ISMN system. So far the large agencies carried the major burden and some
of them were unhappy with that. This led to discussions about a proper quota system.
The aim was to let every agency pay its fare share. There were several solutions
- The quota could be based on the number of assigned
prefixes. But this would mean that very active agencies were going to be punished
for their efforts.
- The quota could be based on the number of the music
publications in a country.
- There might be a reason to waive membership
fees for some time for some countries: It seemed much more important to support
the developing of Eastern European countries and include them into the system
than to wait until they might have found funding. Furthermore, especially the
Eastern European countries were basically willing to contribute.
in some countries might be a problem because of the structure of the music market.
E.g. in Italy where there was only one large publisher who wanted to use the system.
Meanwhile, Ricordi was sold to Bertelsmann New York, and the former arrangement
of contributing to the ISMN costs was not acknowledged.
suggested that a small working group should work on this item. Members of this
group would be: W. Robert Müller himself, Sarah Faulder, François
Leduc, and Michael Cairns.