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SoundExchange Launching Global Publisher Services Admin & Licensing Division

The division will focus on new solutions designed to support the global music publisher and self-published songwriter communities.

Royalty collecting organization SoundExchange is launching an integrated global publisher services administration and licensing division, the company announced Tuesday (June 14).

Called SX Works Global Publisher Services (or SX Works, for short), the project will focus on launching solutions for the international music publisher and self-published songwriter communities. Phase one will focus on the United States and Canada.

Paul Shaver, the current president of the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA), will also serve as president of SX Works. (SoundExchange acquired CMRRA, a music publishing collective management organization, in 2017.) The SX Works team will also include senior vp of operations and client engagement Paul Gills, senior vp of business affairs and corporate development Veronica Syrtash and vp of operations Lori Ellis.


SX Works will use SoundExchange’s international standard recording code (ISRC) and sound recording data along with CMRRA’s musical works database, which has been tailored to support multi-territory and rights contexts, in order to ensure creators are compensated for their work.

“This unprecedented integration of two industry-leading organizations’ comprehensive data and expertise will make certain that music publishers and self-published creators are accurately compensated and ensure technology platforms engaging with music have access to authoritative music metadata,” Shaver said in a statement.

“SoundExchange and its affiliates are committed to ensuring all creators are fairly compensated for their work and that payments are timely, efficient, and accurate,” added SoundExchange CEO and president Michael Huppe. “The expansion of SX Works Global Publisher Services reflects where we believe the publisher service industry is headed and Paul’s recent success at CMRRA, along with his deep expertise and proven leadership, makes him well-suited to navigate the next evolution of our work to support music publishers and ensure creators are paid what they are owed.”