Affiliate Membership allows organizations that are not directly engaged in music commerce to participate in Music Business Association (Music Biz) activities. Each group will be able to send one delegate to workgroup meetings, creating a collaborative environment that will allow members to discuss and solve the complex problems currently facing the music industry.
“This is a huge first step toward our goal of creating a well-rounded coalition of music heavy-hitters that will work collectively for the advancement of the music business online,” said Bill Wilson, VP, Digital Strategy and Business Development for the Music Business Association.
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 470,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers of every kind of music. Through agreements with affiliated international societies, the association also represent hundreds of thousands of music creators worldwide. ASCAP is the only US performing rights organization created and controlled by composers, songwriters and music publishers, with a Board of Directors elected by and from our membership.They protect the rights of ASCAP members by licensing and distributing royalties for the non-dramatic public performances of their copyrighted works. Their licensees encompass all who want to perform copyrighted music publicly. ASCAP makes giving and obtaining permission to perform music simple for both creators and music users. Learn more at http://www.ascap.com.
BMI, a global leader in rights management, is an American performing rights organization that represents more than 500,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in all genres of music and more than 7.5 million musical works. BMI has represented the most popular and beloved music from around the world for more than 70 years. The company provides licenses for businesses that perform music, and distributes the fees it generates as royalties to the musical creators and copyright owners it represents. For more information, visit www.bmi.com.
DDEX is a consortium of leading media companies, music licensing organisations, digital service providers and technical intermediaries, focused on the creation of digital supply chain standards. To support the automated exchange of information along the digital supply chain, DDEX has standardised the format of how information is represented and the method by which the information is exchanged. For more information, visit www.ddex.net.
The Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) is a UK trade organization formed specifically to act as a forum for the physical and digital retail and wholesale sectors of the music, video and videogames industries. ERA works closely with the supplier organizations such as the BPI, the BVA and UKIE in areas of relevant to entertainment retail. ERA also participates in a number of related bodies such as the VSC, BBFC, The Industry Trust and the Alliance for Intellectual Property. ERA also exists to communicate and negotiate with government departments and local authorities on behalf of its members, to monitor legislation affecting its members and to oppose any legislation which might be contrary to member’s interests. ERA’s aims are to ensure the highest standards of retail and wholesale in the industry, and to encourage and provide formal and informal contact between members, the public and the industry. See more at http://www.eraltd.org/.
Music Reports, Inc. is the leading provider of music rights administration services in the world. The company’s proprietary systems and applications set the standard for technology in the music industry. Music Reports also maintains the largest database of music copyright information in the world, the Songdex® database. The company offers a full spectrum of music rights administration services, including: copyright research; music clearance; sales data consolidation; music usage reporting; royalty accounting; and royalty payment. Music Reports clients include the world’s largest television and radio broadcasters, digital music services, background music services, major record labels, mobile carriers and aggregators, and consumer products companies. The company’s executive management team includes leading experts in music copyright law and regulation. Music Reports is a portfolio company of ABRY Partners, one of North America’s leading private equity investment firms, which is focused on media and information services. To learn more, please visit www.musicreports.com.
The Recording Academy, established in 1957, is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com.
The RIAA is the trade organization that supports and promotes the creative and financial vitality of the major music companies. Its members are the music labels that comprise the most vibrant record industry in the world. RIAA members create, manufacture, and/or distribute approximately 85% of all legitimate recorded music produced and sold in the United States. In support of this mission, the RIAA works to protect the intellectual property and First Amendment rights of artists and music labels; conduct consumer, industry and technical research; and monitor and review state and federal laws, regulations, and policies. The RIAA also certifies Gold, Platinum, Multi- Platinum and Diamond sales awards as well as Los Premios De Oro y Platino, an award celebrating Latin music sales. For more information, visit www.riaa.com.
SESAC is the nation’s most progressive and fastest growing performing rights organization with headquarters in Nashville and offices in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami and London. SESAC boasts an international reach and a vast repertory that spans virtually every genre of music including POP, Country, Rock, Urban, Jazz, Christian and Film/TV. SESAC represents such musical icons as Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, RUSH, Mumford & Sons, MGMT, Cassandra Wilson, Lady Antebellum, Jerry Cantrell among many others. For more information, visit www.sesac.com.
SoundExchange is the nonprofit performance rights organization representing the entire recorded music industry. The organization collects statutory royalties on behalf of recording artists and master rights owners for the use of their content from satellite radio, Internet radio, cable TV music channels and other services that stream sound recordings. The Copyright Royalty Board, created by Congress, has entrusted SoundExchange as the only entity in the United States to collect and distribute these digital performance royalties from more than 2,000 services. SoundExchange has paid out more than $1.5 billion in royalties since its inception. For more information, visit www.SoundExchange.com or www.facebook.com/soundexchange.