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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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Adaptr signs music licensing deal with British indie Beggars Group

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B2B music licensing service Feed Media Group, operator of subscription-based platform Adaptr, has signed a music licensing deal with British independent music company Beggars Group.

Adaptr provides start-ups with pre-cleared licensed music to drive their businesses. "This deal with Beggars provides access to the company’s vast catalogue of critically acclaimed and influential artists," said the two companies in a statement. Beggars Group includes independent labels such as 4AD, Matador, Roug...

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IMPEL signs Sean O’Malley’s Regard Music to a pan-European licensing agreement

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US-based music publishing administrator Regard Music has joined European licensing agency for independent music publishers IMPEL.

IMPEL will be responsible for licensing Regard Music's catalogue to online platforms in Europe. Regard Music is a boutique publishing services company founded by Sean O’Malley — co-founder with artist manager Irving Azoff and former ASCAP executive Randy Grimmett of new performing rights society Global Music Rights in 2013. Prior to that, O'Malley worked at US ri...

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p.r.o. agency signs global neighbouring rights agreement with Secretly Distribution

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US independent music company Secretly Distribution has signed an expanded neighbouring rights deal with p.r.o. agency, the rights collection agency founded in 2012 by German distributor Cargo Records.

The two parties first signed an initial agreement in 2019 covering the collection of neighbouring rights in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The new partnership has been extended into a multi-territory, global agreement, starting in January 2022.

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