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Music Publishing News Roundup: Friday, April 8, 2016

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Universal Music Publishing Group and Canadian publisher Ole are in the process of pulling their production music catalogs from ASCAP.  Universal has moved its catalog to SESAC so far, meaning that ASCAP writers on works in that catalog will receive performance royalty payments administered by SESAC, though it has left its BMI catalog in place.  Ole CEO Robert Ott acknowledged the repertoire move, saying that they did not single out ASCAP but “the ability of most PROs to negotiate for clean data, accurately allocate these monies, and process the sheer data involved has not kept pace.”

The BPI, the Music Publishers Association, and UK Trade & Investment have joined forces to put together the 12th US Sync Licensing Mission, to be held in June in Los Angeles.  The five-day event, held at the Capitol Tower in Hollywood, serves to support the continuing growth of UK music exports, and will include panels, practical sessions, keynote speakers, and an exclusive networking reception.  BPI Director of Independent Membership & International Chris Tams said, “the LA Sync Mission gives delegates a truly valuable insight into the world of TV, film, and games, as well as priceless connections with the music supervision execs that can place your music.”

The UK’s MCPS is accepting pitches from third parties to administer its business rather than its 20-year-long partner, PRS for Music.  Admin services that may bid include Kobalt’s AMRA and US society SESAC, as well as continental societies and tech companies.  Jane Dyball, CEO of MCPS’ parent company MPA Group of Companies said, “in a fast-moving, data-driven environment, it is essential that we find the best back-office solution via a competitive tender so that we can be more responsive to the needs of our members and our customers.”

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