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Boomplay and Merlin ink extended licensing agreement covering 47 additional African countries

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Africa’s music streaming service Boomplay and Merlin, the licensing agency for independent music companies, have extended their licensing agreement to include 47 additional countries in Africa.

The initial deal between the two parties in 2019 covered the use of Merlin's repertoire in 11 countries. "The expansion of Boomplay’s licensing deal with Merlin will give millions more African music lovers across the continent access to the best local and international music from Merlin members’ incre...

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Emmanuel is a Washington, DC-based freelance journalist, blogger and media consultant, specialising in the entertainment business and cultural trends. He was the US editor for British music industry trade publication Music Week. Previously, he was the editor of Impact, a magazine for the music publishing community (2007-2009), the global editor of US trade publication Billboard (2003-2006), and the editor in chief of Billboard’s sister publication Music & Media (1997-2003).

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Trevanna Tracks teams with Soundmouse to facilitate the work of music supervisors

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Sync clearance and licensing platform Trevanna Tracks has joined forces with music and cue sheet reporting specialist Soundmouse to facilitate the work of music supervisors and editors.

Trevanna users will be able to move song metadata, including splits and usage, from Trevanna to Soundmouse, resulting in the creation of "accurate cue sheets with ease."

“Trevanna’s data and documents give production teams everything needed to air a synced song, but it doesn’t take the next step to en...

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Collective Management Organisations

Hungarian society ARTISJUS signs representation agreement with SACEM for the online licensing of its repertoire

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Hungarian music collective management organisation ARTISJUS (Artisjus Magyar Szerzői Jogvédő Iroda Egyesület) has signed a representation agreement with France's SACEM for the licensing of Hungarian music repertoire to major online streaming service providers. The agreement kicks off from January 2023.

The two organisations said that thanks to this cooperation, Hungarian songwriters represented by ARTISJUS will receive their royalties from music streaming services "faster, and at a higher v...

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Digital Economy

Amazon expands Prime’s offer to 100 million songs and ad-free podcasts

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Amazon has announced that it is expanding its music offer for Prime members from two million to 100 million songs in shuffle mode and advertising-free.

A subscription to Prime will also provide a wide range of ad-free podcasts, as well as "features that make it easier to discover new content in the Amazon Music app." The new offer comes at no additional cost to Amazon Prime's members. In a blogpost, Amazon said Prime members "will now be able to stream more music than ever before."

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