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Definition of Performance

How musical performance is defined in legislation.

Last updated: 03 October 2023

Definition of Performance for musicians

Under CDPA s180(1) ‘Performance’ is defined as:

a) a dramatic performance (including dance and mime);

b) a musical performance;

c) a reading or recitation of a literary work;

d) or a performance of a variety act or any similar presentation which is, or insofar as it is, a live performance given by one or more individuals.

Which performances qualify for protection?

The performance must be given by a qualifying individual or take place in a qualifying country (similar to the qualification requirements for copyright see above).