Mexico’s performance-rights organization SACM (Sociedad de Autores y Compositores), home to venerable catalogs from the likes of Armando Manzanero, has inked an exclusive publishing administration agreement with Universal Music Publishing Mexico. Through the deal, UMP Mexico will provide administration, licensing and creative services for all domestic and international songs owned and/or administered by SACM Publishing in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
The deal applies only to the administration of sync and mechanical royalties and not to performance royalties.
Rebekah Alperin, spokesperson for UMPG, said that in many cases, Mexican writers also assign mechanicals and sync to SACM, in addition to performance rights, like they do in most European countries. “But as this does not exist in the U.S., they have several options as to whom will handle these rights,” said Alperin. “They opted for Universal Music Publishing.”
SACM will continue to administer its catalog inside Mexico.
Created in 1945 and currently presided over by Armando Manzanero, one of the most revered songwriters in Latin music, SACM is considered a songwriter’s institution and home to the compositions by some of Mexico’s best songwriters, both past and present.
Aside from Manzanero, the organzation’s GM is Roberto Cantoral Zucchi, son of late songwriter Roberto Cantoral, who penned major hits like “El Reloj” and “El Triste.”