The French Society of Authors, Composers, and Publishers of Music (SACEM) has signed a new deal with The Music Sales Group to handle digital licensing for part of its catalog.
The Paris-based SACEM organization inked an agreement to handle licensing and distribution of royalties for the Anglo-American catalog of more than 120,000 works.
The agreement has been effective since July 1, 2018, in more than 130 territories across the globe. It covers famous composers and musicians from the 1920s through today. Philip Glass, Michael Nyman, Bobby Hebb, Ed Cobb, and John Holt are just a few of the notable artists included in the catalog.
SACEM has worked extensively with independent publishers to assist in digital licensing and technology across multiple territories. In 2018 alone, SACEM struck deals with publishers like PEN Music, The Music Goes Round Publishing, and IMPEL. The Music Sales Group becomes the latest high-profile partner.
CEO Jean-Noël Tronc seemed pleased with the deal between the two companies, stating that the partnership highlighted how SACEM has become an industry leader in multi-territory licensing. “This partnership further cements SACEM’s industry position as the partner of choice for both international and independent music publishers.
“The fact that Music Sales, who has affiliates in many territories and knows perfectly well the European and global environment of collective management, has chosen SACEM is for us an honor and further proof that the services and tools we offer to our partners make the difference and are the best in class.”
The SACEM organization has been advocating (and collecting) for musicians, composers, and songwriters rights since its founding in 1851. Amazing to think that concepts like music IP licensing were alive in 1851, though SACEM was one of the first organizations into the arena.
SACEM has since spawned several off-shoot organizations in other countries, including ACUM in Israel, SOCAN in Canada, and ASCAP in the United States.