byÂ Charlotte Hassan
Soundcloud has inked a deal with UMPI â€“ Universal Music Publishing International and SACEM â€“ Franceâ€™s Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music.
The new agreement brings the catalogue of UMPIâ€™s and the members of SACEM to SoundCloudâ€™s free ad-supported service and its new consumer subscription service â€“ SoundCloud Go, which launched recently in March.Â The agreement will bringÂ SACEM and UMPIâ€™s Anglo-American repertoire to SoundCloud inÂ 33 territories and will ensure thatÂ authors, composers and publishers receive fair payÂ for the use of their works on SoundCloudâ€™s platform.
On the new deal,Â Alex Ljung, founder and CEO, SoundCloud saidâ€¦
â€œWeâ€™re thrilled to have reached yet another agreement that will allow us to further our mission to strengthen and grow our unique community of more than 12 million creators â€“ established and emerging â€“ heard each month on SoundCloud. Our agreement with SACEM and UMPI, which we can add to a growing number of significant arrangements we have completed, allows us to continue to create a place where all creativity can live, while simultaneously ensuring rightsholdersâ€™ work is rewarded and respected.â€
Jody Gerson, chairman and CEO, Universal Music Publishing Group addedâ€¦
â€œUniversal Music Publishing International is delighted to have worked with our partner SACEM to conclude this deal, which makes our music widely accessible to European consumers and allows for our songwriters to be properly compensated through SoundCloudâ€™s platform.â€Â And, Jean-NoÃ«l Tronc, CEO of SACEM saidâ€¦
â€œThis first agreement with SoundCloud that we have signed before SoundCloudâ€™s launch of a new French consumer subscription service, demonstrates SACEMâ€™s commitment to be highly reactive and to provide the proper remuneration of the creators in the digital environment.â€