-- In yet another move to expand royalty payments, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA, AFL-CIO) will help SoundExchange to identify and distribute royalties due to its members.

Starting today, June 2, AFTRA, will begin notifying more than 6,000 AFTRA recordings artists for whom SoundExchange has collected royalties from digital services that have streamed their recordings online.

SoundExchange provided AFTRA with a list of artists who are members of the union, but who are not yet registered with SoundExchange. AFTRA will mail letters, send email notices and make direct person-to-person phone calls to all AFTRA member recording artists who are due royalties.

"SoundExchange is constantly reaching out to notify artists about their unclaimed royalties, yet it can be difficult to get them to register," said SoundExchange executive director John Simson. "Many don't know about the law that entitled them to these royalties, or believe it's too good to be true. That's why partners like AFTRA are essential..."

-- The Harry Fox Agency, Inc. will provide its Express Live Service to LiveCut LLC, which will allow the latter company to enter into mechanical licensing agreements necessary for the live recordings it distributed when a show ends.

HFA launched its popular Express Live mechanical licensing program in 2004. Distinct from the standard mechanical license, Express Live licenses are limited to recordings of live concerts, where the music is then sold to fans either at the concert venue or through direct online sales. A key benefit of the license is that it is "reusable," that is, one license will cover all concert recordings of the same song by a particular artist.

-- Ultra International Music Publishing has cut a deal to provide its catalog of hip-hop, R&B, reggae, latin and dance music to Muzak's platform of customized playlists.

Muzak creates customized music playlists for 350,000 clients that are experienced by 100 million people every day, according to the company, which uses Rightsflow to license and track royalty payments.

Ultra's song catalog includes "Blame It" performed by Jamie Fox feat T Pain and "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" performed by Pitbull.

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