The Harry Fox Agency (HFA) and Songtrust, Downtown Music's publishing administration service for indie artists, have cut a deal whereby HFA will supply back-office support for the collection and distribution of royalties. What's more, the deal will increase the exploitation of independent publishers' content by providing increased exposure for Songtrust clients via HFA's expansive song database.
Compositions written by Songtrust members will now be accessible to thousands of potential licensees for use of CDs, downloads, on-demand streams and ringtones, as well as new media licensing opportunities, including lyrics, guitar tablature, digital jukeboxes and background music.
Compositions will also be available through HFA's online licensing tool, Songfile, which allows school bands, church bands and choirs -- as well as indie bands and labels -- to clear cover songs for limited-quantity licenses for CDs, download, on-demand streams and ringtones.
Songtrust's mission is to simplify music publishing for indie songwriters by providing a straightforward means for them to properly register and protect all of their songs and collect royalties.
"Our primary goal is to offer songwriters an equal opportunity to monetize their copyrights, " Downtown Music Publishing president and Songtrust co-founder Justin Kalifowitz said in a statement.
In another aspect of Songtrust's mission, the two companies will partner to create a series of educational programs aimed at DIY songwriters/publishers who want to learn more about the inner-workings of music publishing, empowering them to more effectively manage their song copyrights.
"HFA is committed to supporting the increasingly important and growing DIY market," HFA president/CEO Gary Churgin said in a statement. "There is a wealth of creativity produced by this community and we want to do all we can to provide them with the necessary tools to make their music available for licensing and expose their songs to new audiences. Together with Songtrust we allow DIY songwriters to focus on their craft, while we handle the business side of licensing for them."