LyricFind Strikes Groundbreaking Deal With Universal Music Publishing Group

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Toronto based LyricFind, the largest legal lyric licensing company in the world, announced on Tuesday at the SF MusicTech conference in San Francisco, that they will be the exclusive third party able to administer future licenses for lyrics controlled by Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG). UMPG will still have the right to license its content directly.

The contract, which went into effect on May 1, 2014, allows LyricFind to search, display, distribute, transmit and reproduce the lyrics of the roster of songwriters under UMPG’s umbrella. It also allows LyricFind to sublicense for display and sync to music sites, services and apps across the internet. UMPG songwriters will receive a share of the revenues generated by LyricFind.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have UMPG’s lyrics as part of LyricFind’s diversified offerings. Lyrics is one of the most popular search terms online, and we’ve seen increased integration of lyrics into websites, music services and applications since we first launched in 2004.” – Darryl Ballantyne, CEO and founder of LyricFind

With this deal, LyricFind will now be working with clients in 30 territories including USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, Korea, Russia and India with additional countries being added soon.

LyricFind currently licenses lyrics to Amazon, Pandora, Shazam, SoundHound, HTC, Nokia, SongMeanings, and LyricsMode, among hundreds of others. LyricFind licenses millions of tracks from over 3,000 music publishers including all four majors: EMI Music Publishing, UMPG, Warner/Chappell and Sony/ATV.


Ari Herstand is a Los Angeles based singer/songwriter and the creator of Ari’s Take. Listen to his new album, Brave Enough, on Spotify or download it on BandCamp. Follow him on Twitter: @aristake




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Ari Herstand
Writer, Musician, Whiskey Drinker

Ari Herstand has been a DIY musician for over 10 years, has performed over 600 shows around the world and released 4 studio albums and 2 live albums. He has had songs featured on multiple TV shows, commercials and films and has shared the stage with Ben Folds, Cake, Matt Nathanson, Joshua Radin, Eric Hutchinson, Milk Carton Kids and Ron Pope. He created the music business advice blog, Ari’s Take in the Spring of 2012 to help DIY musicians navigate the independent world of music. Herstand was born and raised in the Midwest and got his start in the Minneapolis music scene. He rose to prominence locally and consistently sold out the 800 capacity Varsity Theater. He became the go-to musician in the scene for music business advice before he moved to Los Angeles in the Summer of 2010. Currently residing in West Hollywood, Herstand still spends a good portion of his time on the road touring. When at home he splits his time writing music, writing articles, writing his book (out November 2016 with Norton Publishing), playing shows at the Hotel Cafe and acting in TV shows (see him in his co-star appearances on Mad Men, 2 Broke Girls, The Fosters, Sam & Cat, Touch and others).

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