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LyricFind Expands in Brazil Via Deal With ABRAMUS Digital

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LyricFind has signed a licensing deal with ABRAMUS Digital, a subsidiary of the Brazilian performing rights organization ABRAMUS, Billboard has learned.

The deal between LyricFind – which provides its partners with an extensive catalog of legal and licensed lyrics – and ABRAMUS Digital aims to allow publishers and songwriters in Brazil to display and monetize their lyrics on music services and websites across the country.

"We’ve been working in Brazil, now our fifth biggest market, for years, but this agreement with ABRAMUS Digital adds a huge lyric repertoire to our service," explained Robert Singerman, svp of international publishing for LyricFind. "We’re expanding access to Brazilian lyrics, going way beyond the hits into amazing lyrics from writers and artists of all styles and at all stages of their careers."

ABRAMUS Digital was created in 2006 to help publishers receive income from licensed digital rights from DSP's in Brazil. According to the company, it represents more than six million works in Brazil from more than 200 international and domestic publishers, including BMG, Kobalt, Downtown and Rocking Gorillas, and distributed approximately 65 million Brazilian reals in 2019 and 2020.

"The goal is to help publishers of all sizes, knowing that their writers will receive their fair share from the exploitation of their rights in the digital market," added Gustavo Gonzalez, director of business affairs of ABRAMUS Digital. "LyricFind plays a very important role and we are very excited about this partnership."

This deal coincides with LyricFind launching a new initiative to translate Portuguese lyrics in an effort to put a spotlight on Brazilian songwriters. "Since the bossa nova movement, people outside Brazil who didn’t know Portuguese had little chance to really hear and understand our lyrics," said Luciana Pegorer, Brazil lead for LyricFind and organizer of the Trends Brasil conference. "LyricFind is working to change all that."