-- SoundExchange is tapping the RightsFlow database to help find recording artists who are due royalties collected by the organization. The New York-based music licensing and royalty service provider has responded by matching 1,675 artists and 63 labels, which collectively are owed over $1 million.

Those artists and labels have yet to register to SoundExchange, so Rightsflow has started the notification process through e-mail and direct outreach, encouraging those artists and labels to register to get paid.

"At the core of our DNA, RightsFlow exists to serve musicians and labels,” RightsFlow's chief strategy officer/CFO Ben Cockerham said in a statement. "We believe in building technology that drives efficient and accurate licensing transactions and revenue growth."

-- Country songwriter Liz Rose has launched her own publishing firm, Liz Rose Music Inc. The new firm is affiliated with BMI and has partnered with Kobalt Music Group to provide it with administrative services. Nashville-based Liz Rose Music Inc. has named Scott Ponce as its GM/creative director, and will function as a boutique publishing house signing songwriters. The award-winning Rose was named SESAC's songwriter of the year in 2007 and won the BMI song of the year in 2008 for co-writing "Teardrops On My Guitar" with Taylor Swift. They also won the 2010 Grammy for the country song of the year.

-- Paul Rodgers, the singer, songwriter and founding member of Free, has been honored with a "Million Air" award by BMI to four million performances of Free's hit song "All Right Now." “Million Air” awards are presented to songwriters in recognition of songs that receive two million or more U.S. radio and television performances. Moreover, the song has also surpassed a massive two million radio plays in the U.K. Following a U.S. summer tour, Rodgers and Bad Company recently wrapped their first concert tour of Japan in over 30 years, culminating with a three-night stand in Tokyo.

-- Imagem Music USA has signed a worldwide, multi-year co-publishing agreement with writer/producer Jens Gad, a multi-instrumentalist who is best known for working with Enigma. The writer/producer, who is the older brother of Toby Gad, has recently relocated his studio to the US, and is currently writing for a number of forthcoming artist releases.

-- ASCAP will present winners of the 42nd Annual ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards for outstanding print, broadcast and new media coverage of music at an invitation-only ceremony on Dec. 9 at the organization's headquarters in New York. The awards, which are funded by the Music Publishers Assn., were established in 1967 to honor the memory of composer/critic/commentator. For a full list of winners, click here.