'We are impressed by SACEM's strong track record': French collection society lands another big catalogue

'We are impressed by SACEM's strong track record': French collection society lands another big catalogue

SACEM has agreed a new partnership with independent music publisher Pen Music Group covering one of its major catalogues.

The multi-territory mandate for digital licensing means SACEM will manage the collection and distribution of royalties for the online repertoire of the Mother’s Finest Songs catalogue, which was recently acquired by Mothership Music Publishing and administered worldwide by Pen.

The catalogue of over 350 songs, all co-written by Ivor Novello Award winner Pam Sheyne, includes hits such as Genie In A Bottle, originally recorded by Christina Aguilera. Sheyne also has credits on songs released by  artists including Camila Cabello (Crying In The Club), Demi Lovato and Jessica Simpson, with total sales of recordings of her compositions and co-writes estimated at more than 50 million. 

In an increasingly competitive digital market for digital licensing, SACEM has been building up its representation of US publishers in Europe, following its mandates with UMPI, Wixen Music, Warner/Chappell, Canadian collection society SOCAN and IMPEL. SACEM announced the partnership with IMPEL in April and recently signed an agreement with The Music Goes Round Publishing. Both agreements are coming into force this month and cover up to 130 territories.

We are impressed by SACEM’s strong track record in international collection and distribution of royalties

Hein van der Ree

Jean-Noël Tronc, CEO of SACEM, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Pen and Mother’s Finest Songs to support the diversity of independent publishing, following our recent agreements with IMPEL and The Music Goes Round.

“SACEM has a strong commitment to representing all genres of music by providing all our partners with industry-leading technology to maximize value and opportunities and support the fair remuneration of artists and creators worldwide.”

Michael Eames, Pen Music Group’s president, said: “We look forward to working closely with SACEM to ensure that Mother’s Finest Songs and Pam Sheyne’s worldwide online royalties are fairly remunerated in an efficient and transparent way. Their technology is very impressive as is their dedication to maximizing the worldwide value of rightsholders’ online repertoire.”

Hein van der Ree, Partner at Mothership Music Publishing, added: “We are impressed by SACEM’s strong track record in international collection and distribution of royalties and by the performance of its URights technology. The enthusiasm of SACEM’s team combined with their digital expertise convinced us that they are the right partner for the online administration of Mother’s Finest Songs.”

The SACEM deal comes amid big changes in pan-European digital licensing, including a major shake-up at MPA and IMPEL, rapid growth at ICE and licensing deals with Facebook

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