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IMPEL renews its alliance with SACEM

By | Published on Wednesday 30 September 2020


IMPEL – the organisation that negotiates direct deals in the digital domain on behalf of an assortment of independent music publishers – has renewed its alliance with French collecting society SACEM.

The coalition of publishers has worked with SACEM on licensing and managing its members’ repertoire in the streaming market, mainly in Europe, ever since it became a distinct standalone organisation in 2018. Previously, as a subsidiary of the UK’s Music Publishers Association, British society PRS did the deal-making and royalty administration on behalf of the group.

Confirming its IMPEL alliance would continue, SACEM said it “could not be more pleased” to continue “contributing to IMPEL’s success”.

The society’s boss Jean-Noël Tronc says: “In a crisis situation like the one we’re going through, with creators’ revenues dropping, it is vital that they can count on solid, trustworthy partners to authorise the use of works and collect digital royalties. We are proud that IMPEL and its independent publishers have chosen to renew this agreement with SACEM. Together, we will continue to do everything we can to bring greater transparency and value to all its members and to defend a dynamic and eclectic musical repertoire”.

Meanwhile, IMPEL chief Sarah Williams adds: “We have built an excellent relationship with SACEM and are very happy with what has been achieved so far. Both IMPEL and SACEM share an ethos of ‘how can we do this better?’ As a consequence, we are getting great results with our distributions, and are making continual improvements to the way we do business. We anticipate an extremely positive future”.

In addition to its alliance with SACEM in Europe and some other markets, earlier this year IMPEL also started working with the LatinAutor copyright hub and its admin partner Backoffice to license and administrate its members’ rights in the Latin American region.