"We are delighted": SACEM expands publishing partnerships with Music Sales agreement


SACEM has today (October 15) agreed a new partnership with global independent music publisher Music Sales in a multi-territory mandate for digital licensing of its Anglo-American catalogues. It is the latest in a host of new partnerships made previously in 2018.

As part of the agreement, SACEM will manage the licensing, collection and distribution of royalties for the Anglo-American repertoires of Music Sales, consisting, through its various companies, of nearly 120,000 works. Among the works and writers comprising the catalogue are: Ludovico Einaudi, Philip Glass, Michael Nyman (The Piano), Samuel Barber (Adagio For Strings), Bobby Hebb (Sunny), John Holt (Tide is High) and Ed Cobb (Tainted Love).

The agreement spanning 130 territories came into force on July 1 2018 and covers all of SACEM’s current and future multi-territorial deals with Digital Service Providers. It will be handled by SACEM’s online administration platform, URights, developed in partnership with IBM.


This partnership further cements SACEM’s industry position as the partner of choice for both international and independent music publishers

Jean-Noël Tronc, CEO, SACEM 


As exclusively revealed in April by Music Week, IMPEL left the MCPS/MPA  umbrella, and signed a new admin deal for its rights with SACEM. In July, SACEM also agreed a new partnership with independent music publisher Pen Music Group covering over 350 songs, all co-written by Ivor Novello Award winner Pam Sheyne, which included hits such as Genie In A Bottle, originally recorded by Christina Aguilera.

Speaking about the Music Sales deal, Jean-Noël Tronc, CEO, SACEM, said: “Music Sales’ catalogue spans a truly diverse range of genres, from classical to pop, and we are excited and honoured to be representing such a broad and comprehensive repertoire. This partnership further cements SACEM’s industry position as the partner of choice for both international and independent music publishers.”

He continued: “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. This is an additional incentive to continue to improve our services to the creators and their publishers of our commitment to defend their interests. "

Chris Butler, director & head of publishing at The Music Sales Group, said: “As a multi-territory, multi-genre music publisher, nothing is more strategically important for us than ensuring that we choose the right partner to represent our catalogues in the burgeoning digital environment. The calibre and commitment of SACEM is second to none and we are delighted to have concluded a deal with Jean-Noël, Cécile and the whole team.“


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