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UMPG, SACEM Ink Licensing Deal With SoundCloud

Universal Music Publishing International — through SACEM, France's Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music, have signed a licensing deal with SoundCloud that covers 33 territories. The deal brings UMPI's and SACEM's Anglo-American catalog to both SoundCloud's ad-supported platform and its consumer subscription service, SoundCloud Go, through a deal signed by SACEM and UMPI under their pan-European Direct European Administration and Licensing (DEAL) vehicle.

"This first agreement with SoundCloud that we have signed before SoundCloud's launch of a new French consumer subscription service, demonstrates SACEM's commitment to be highly reactive and to provide the proper remuneration of the creators in the digital environment," SACEM CEO Jean Noël Tronc said in a statement.  "We are proud to further develop DEAL, our strategic partnership with UMPI. This agreement now allows authors, composers and publishers a better exposure of their works in all type of music."

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SoundCloud founder & CEO Alex Liung said the deal allows SoundCloud to "grow our unique community of more than 12 million creators – established and emerging — heard each month on SoundCloud."

While Universal Music Publishing Group's chairman and CEO Jody Gerson said the deal is another example of the company's commitment to facilitate licensing while protecting the rights and values of the company's songwriters and their works.