Musical works are private intellectual properties of the composers and authors; the public has the legal responsibility to respect music copyright so as to promote creativity of music.
In 1946, The Performing Rights Society (PRS) of the United Kingdom had set up an agency in Hong Kong to protect music copyright of its Members and Members of its overseas affiliated Societies. This agency conducted performing royalty collections. However, by the 1970's, there was a growing demand for local Cantonese music and there existed in Hong Kong an active and enthusiastic group of local composers who were ready and willing to cooperate for their mutual benefit. It was against this background that PRS arranged with this group of Hong Kong composers in 1977 to establish the Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong Limited (CASH).
CASH was incorporated in Hong Kong on 23 September 1977 under the Companies Ordinance, being a Company limited by guarantee and not having a share capital. It started operating on 1 October 1977 and a press conference was held at the Mandarin Hotel to mark the establishment of CASH on 20 October 1977.A Press Conference was held on 20 October 1977 to announce the establishment of CASH.
Administer and enforce collectively the rights of composers and authors of musical works subsisting under the copyright law of Hong Kong SAR. CASH at present controls the copyright of musical works of over 2 million local Members and Members from more than 80 overseas affiliated Societies. All licence fees after deduction of its administrative costs will be distributed to local Members and overseas affiliated Societies.
Protect and administer the rights of its Members in more than 190 countries/territories throughout the world by means of reciprocal representation agreements with overseas Societies.
Educate the public on copyright issues, reinforce the public's respect towards composers and authors and ensure that their creative efforts are properly remunerated.
Promote and sponsor musical activities, encourage local composition and award music scholarships to improve the local standard of music.A toast to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of CASH at the 1987 Annual Dinner Party
Administration of performing, broadcasting, cable transmission and reproduction rights in the world repertoire of musical works vested by its Members and overseas affiliated Societies through licensing.
Distribution of royalties collected to local Members and overseas affiliated Societies.
Administration of the CASH Music Fund which aims at promoting a higher standard of music composition, sponsoring local musical activities and developing songwriting talents.
Assistance to overseas Societies in the region, e.g. training.
Advisory services to Members and music users regarding copyright matters.
Liaison with relevant government departments and make recommendations on matters relating to copyright legislation and its implementations.Founder Members toasting to CASH's 20th Anniversary at the 1997 Annual Dinner