Head of the Licensing Department: CAPASSO (South Africa)
Warrick Percy is a musician, law student, lecturer, consultant and head of the licensing department at the mechanical rights organisation, CAPASSO.
Warrick’s musical career started in the small town of Port Elizabeth, at the tender age of 11, when he began teaching himself how to play drums. After many years of playing in, and managing, various bands, he decided he needed to expand his musical horizons and in doing so left his home town of PE to join a band in Johannesburg. His initial interactions in the music industry came through basic band management, organizing gigs, managing finances, co-ordinating business affairs and handling all band marketing and communication. The countless free gigs, rejections and difficulties brought about through these experiences led him to realise the immensity, complications and lack of knowledge and understanding of the business aspects within the music industry.
Warrick attended The Academy of Sound Engineering, focusing primarily on music production and music law, contracts & business. During his two years at ASE, he interned under, and shadowed, Nick Matzukis (lecturer, Advocate of the High Court, author and music industry expert), working with him on multiple high level industry contracts, consultations and affairs. Upon graduation, he was awarded the “Nick Matzukis – Top music business intern” award in addition to breaking the record for the highest-achieving graduate in the music law, contracts and business subject, a feat he still holds the record over. After completion of his diploma at ASE, he secured a position at Universal Music Publishing South Africa. The experiences and knowledge acquired at UMP with respect to publishing, copyright and rights management, proved to be invaluable to his future position at CAPASSO.
Warrick now works as the head of the licensing department at CAPASSO, the mechanical rights organisation. During his time at CAPASSO, he has secured multi-territorial digital licences with many major digital services such as iTunes, Deezer, Apple Music, Traxsource, Simfy and Google Play. His work at CAPASSO is proving to be extremely influential with respect to the collection, administration and distribution of royalties across the African continent. Warrick’s work has directly contributed to the collection of over 80 million rand in royalties for 2015/2016 and subsequent distribution of over 50 million rand to composers, publishers and affiliated societies in the same period. In addition to his position at CAPASSO, he lectures the part-time Music Business Masterclass course at The Academy of Sound Engineering. This is done as part of his innate desire to educate and better equip composers, artists and other industry players. His passion and drive for entertainment, copyright law and business principles appear to be boundless. Warrick is studying part-time towards his LLB, specializing in copyright, trademark and intellectual property. He will use this, accompanied by the skills, knowledge and experience he has, and continues to acquire, to achieve his ultimate goal of placing the South African Music Industry in a strong and fruitful position both here and abroad.