Thursday, September 11, 2014

Pandora Cuts Direct Deal With BMG For All ASCAP & BMI Artists

Bruce Houghton/Hypebot

Pandora has cut a direct multi-year agreement with BMG to its complete BMI and ASCAP catalog of music in the US. The direct publishing deal "creates marketing and business benefits for Pandora, BMG and the songwriters it represents," according to the announcement. It's also a seismic shift away from the major influence previously enjoyed by America's two dominate performing rights organizations.

Laurent Hubert, President, Marketing & Creative at BMG Chrysalis North America has been a vocal critic of both BMI and ASCAP.

“Millions of Pandora’s listeners have long enjoyed the great music from BMG’s songwriters,” said Brian McAndrews, CEO of Pandora. “Our agreement with BMG ensures that we can continue expanding the audience for one of the world’s most storied music catalogs and demonstrates that collaboration between the music industry and Pandora creates opportunities and value for publishers and songwriters.”

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