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ICE partnership with BMI

The largest music rights organisation in the U.S., BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.) is partnering with ICE to license portions of its repertoire to digital music services operating across Europe.

Paul Nichols
  • By Paul Nichols
  • 15 Dec 2020
  • min read

While much of BMI’s award-winning repertoire has been available on a multi-territorial basis to pan-European digital music services for many years through initiatives to match these rights to multi-territorial mechanical rights, some works, commonly known in the European market as “reciprocal repertoire,” have still been licensed and administered on a territory-by-territory basis by local societies. This new partnership fills the gap by making the remaining musical works from BMI’s repertoire available to Pan-European digital service providers in one central hub through the ICE Core

"it’s more critical than ever that rightsholders have the best online licensing representation"

“We’re delighted to welcome BMI to the ICE Core,” commented Ben McEwen, VP Commercial, ICE. “At this time, it’s more critical than ever that rightsholders have the best online licensing representation, with the expertise and shared resources to really address the market on their behalf, and we believe that ICE can provide that for BMI.”

“BMI continues to applaud the invaluable work that the local Collective Management Organisations perform every day for our songwriters, composers and music publishers, and we also appreciate the challenge that digital music services face in securing rights for their services across Europe,” said Ann Sweeney, Senior Vice President, International & Global Policy, BMI. “This new collaboration with ICE helps to meet that challenge by providing an efficient one-stop-shop to the European disgital service providers (DSPs) and supports our continued effort to serve BMI’s music creators when their creative works are performed digitally in Europe.”

Thorsten Sauer, CEO, ICE, added, “We are grateful for the partnership with BMI and the opportunity to represent some of their songwriters, composers and music publishers. We are looking forward to support BMI and their members with ICE’s end to end services from copyright to processing and licensing. As ever, our response is working even harder for each and every rightsholder, big or small.”

The ICE Core licence

Launched in 2016, the ICE Core licence brings together the work of members from GEMA, STIM, PRS for Music, Concord, Downtown, Peer music, IMRO and now BMI. ICE has a nine-strong licensing team, including dedicated resource focusing on data analysis and insight to ensure delivery of ‘best in class’ commercial outcomes and market data for a growing customer base. Licensed to more than 50 services, across a scope of more than 130 territories it’s a key component for today’s DSPs.

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