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IMPEL expands into Latin America via LatinAutor partnership

By | Published on Tuesday 31 March 2020


IMPEL – the organisation that negotiates direct deals in the digital domain on behalf of an assortment of independent music publishers – has expanded its service into Latin America via a deal with the copyright hub LatinAutor.

Sometimes also known as the One Stop Shop, LatinAutor is similar to the ICE, Armonia and Polaris licensing initiatives in Europe, seeking to reduce the total number of deals streaming services need to do in order to license all the necessary song rights.

LatinAutor involves song rights collecting societies from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, Honduras, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama and the Dominican Republic.

The tie up between IMPEL and LatinAutor will allow the former’s publisher members to employ the direct deal approach for their Anglo-American repertoires in Latin America, which includes some key emerging markets for the music rights business.

Confirming the new alliance in the region, IMPEL CEO Sarah Williams said: “The IFPI Global Report for 2019 states that, for the fourth year in a row, Latin America has experienced the largest regional growth, with streaming up 39.3%. We want to be sure that, in partnership with LatinAutor, our members can benefit from that growth”.

“IMPEL’s goal in Latin America”, she went on, “is to learn, build relationships and maximise benefits for independent publishers, and this is another step forward in our strategy to provide global licensing opportunities”.