The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers (SACEM) has become the first collective management organisation to become a member of the Association for Electronic Music (AFEM).
From now on, SACEM, who represent artists such as Jean-Michel Jarre, David Guetta and Laurent Garnier, will be able to connect with AFEM members from across 25 countries, enabling them to access emerging technology and pioneering practices in electronic music.
In the announcement of the deal, it was stated that SACEM and AFEM “share a common struggle: to remunerate the creators of electronic music in the fairest and most equitable way”.
"This agreement with AFEM represents an important step in our commitment to electronic music. Following the establishment of the first economic study of electronic music in France, the creation of the online documentation centre electronicmusicfactory.com and the use of the DJ Monitor solution for setting up clubs and festivals with audio fingerprinting technology to better identify the tracks played, SACEM is proud to announce this partnership with AFEM,” said Jean-Noël Tronc, CEO of SACEM.
According to the Electronic Music in France Survey, the French electronic music market is worth €416m (£368.5m).
Greg Marshall, GM - Association for Electronic Music (AFEM), said: “I am delighted that SACEM have chosen to become an affiliate member of AFEM. This represents a clear commitment to dialogue and development of policies and activities which best support electronic music.
“Over the past five years, the AFEM ‘Get Played Get Paid’ campaign has advocated for Music Recognition Technology deployment by Performing and Neighbouring Right Organisations at DJ events globally to ensure that creators and rightsholders of the music played, receive the royalties due.”
SACEM has 164,000 members, including 20,012 foreign creators of 166 nationalities, representing more than 121 million works from a worldwide repertoire.
In 2017 SACEM distributed royalties to 300,000 songwriters, composers and publishers.
By Nick O'Leary