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Downtown’s Songtrust announces tie-up with IMRO

By | Published on Wednesday 5 June 2019


Songtrust has announced a tie-up with the Irish collecting society IMRO. Under the deal, users of the song royalties management service from Downtown Music will be able to affiliate directly with the Irish society via the platform, allowing it to collect their performing rights income in multiple countries via the collective licensing system.

The Downtown service already has tie-ups with North American societies BMI, ASCAP and SOCAN, offering direct affiliation to those organisations for Songtrust users not already joined up to a collective management organisation.

However, BMI/ASCAP affiliation is restricted to US users, while Canadian society SOCAN is available to anyone but US users. IMRO is the company’s first European partner in this domain and anyone anywhere can utilise the partnership.

Confirming the tie-up, Songtrust’s Head Of Society Relations Dewayne Ector said: “We are very excited to partner with IMRO to help make the music publishing industry more accessible. With the industry more global than ever, providing a streamlined, simplified and transparent approach to collecting royalties worldwide is essential to ensuring that all creators are able to continue doing what they do best”.

Meanwhile IMRO’s boss Victor Finn added: “At IMRO, we are data-driven, and digital to the core, our focus has always been on innovating to drive efficiencies for our members, affiliates and partners. With globally-advanced systems, our services are efficient, effective and secure. We are delighted to announce this new global partnership with Songtrust which will streamline royalty collections for songwriters worldwide, adding to our rapidly growing international membership base”.