Quincy Jones, Pharrell Williams, Noah '40' Shebib, EMI Win Big at ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards
Quincy Jones, Pharrell Williams, Noah '40' Shebib, EMI Win Big at ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards

ASCAP signed a deal today with the Television Music License Committee (TMLC) to allow local U.S. television stations access to its 8.5 million tracks for licensing purposes through 2016.

The deal is retroactive to January 1, 2010, and sets undisclosed fees for each license.

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"We are pleased to have reached an agreement," said ASCAP EVP of licensing Vincent Candilora in a statement. "This agreement reflects increases in ASCAP's share of local television stations' performances of music in recent years and the importance of music to the television viewing experience."

The agreement includes digital and primary broadcasts, mobile and wireless platforms, webcasts and multicasts. TMLC represents more than 1,200 local television stations throughout the country.

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"This agreement reflects the environment local broadcasters face in the 21st Century: intense competition from cable, the Internet and other media, reduced audiences, and use of both broadcast and new media to reach our viewers with the news, information and entertainment programming they expect from us," said TMLC chairman Chuck Sennet in a release. "We are pleased to have been able to reach agreement with ASCAP without protracted litigation."

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