The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) has launched a new services arm called Dataclef, proclaiming it “the most authoritative global music services platform ever built,” in an announcement on Monday (Oct. 22). Performance rights organizations in India and the Dutch Caribbean are the first clients.
“Dataclef is a milestone for SOCAN, the music industry on a global level, and a major step in the implementation of SOCAN’s strategic plan with our vision: To lead the global transformation of music rights,” SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste tells Billboard.
He continues, “For the first time ever, organizations can go to one place for state-of-the-art license administration, worldwide reporting, and intelligent royalty tracking and delivery, improving their efficiency and bottom-line to return superior results. Dataclef enables clients to focus on their core business, while at the same time gaining profitability, transparency, liability management, and time.”
The four-person team will be led by Dataclef Chief Operating Officer and Head of Sales Janice Scott, who assumes her new role after eight years as SOCAN’s vice president of information technology in Toronto. The other staff members are based in Seattle and Los Angeles.
Using SOCAN’s databases and expertise, Dataclef created what it calls “a unique comprehensive authoritative music database,” from more than 200 world territories, to offer custom rights management.
The first clients SOCAN has revealed are with Dutch Caribbean performing rights organization Ducapro, with which it signed services deal back in May, and The Indian Performing Right Society Limited (IPRS), which is using Dataclef’s back office services to administer mandates, process all types of music usage data and help to deliver royalty revenue to its members in the region.
“IPRS is excited to work with Dataclef to leverage their data and systems for maximized efficiency and royalty delivery to our members,” IPRS chairman Javed Akhtar said in a statement. “Dataclef’s revolutionary systems and database are unlike anything we’ve had access to before. We anticipate many years of mutual success working with their impressive technology and team.”
Dataclef is bilingual with English and French and will be expanding language support to Spanish and Arabic in the coming months.
SOCAN assures its 150,000 members — songwriters, composers, music publishers and visual artists — that Dataclef will operate independently on segregated systems and no data will be shared, “ensuring complete privacy and confidentiality with all clients.”
The new arm is in line with SOCAN’s planning strategy the past few years, which began with the acquisition of Audiam in 2016, then MediaNet, Royalty Guru and SODRAC, as well as office expansions into Los Angeles, Seattle and New York.
“SOCAN has asserted a position in leading the global transformation of music rights,” Scott said in a statement. “Dataclef is the latest strategic move forward for the SOCAN Group, resulting from years of investment in technology development and acquisition, integration of complementary leading-edge companies and, most importantly, the world’s best collective team of industry experts.”
Dataclef actively invests in “forward-looking technologies,” which allow customers to benefit from more accurate, transparent data and payments, and leverage high-tech, intelligent business tools for music use.
The company’s boilerplate is: Dataclef is the world leader in solutions supporting music licensing, related data management and digital delivery technology. Powered by SOCAN, Dataclef enables collection organizations, rights holders, DSPs and brands with trailblazing music technologies and big data solutions including artificial intelligence. Organizations of all types and sizes will benefit from Dataclef’s services, empowering music use that is accurate, transparent and, most importantly, economical.