The music discovery platform signs two licensing agreements with the Performance Rights Organisations, improving streaming payments for songwriters and composers
Pandora – the music discovery platform operating in United States, Australia and New Zealand – along with Performance Rights Organisations (PROs), ASCAP and BMI, have announced the signing of two separate multi-year licensing agreements for their combined catalogs of more than 20 million musical works. These deals create business benefits for Pandora, while modernising compensation in the U.S. for ASCAP and BMI songwriters and publishers. In connection with the signing of the BMI agreement, Pandora has agreed to withdraw its appeal of the May 2015 order in the recent BMI rate case.
“This agreement is good news for music fans and music creators, who are the heart and soul of ASCAP, and a sign of progress in our ongoing push for improved streaming payments for songwriters, composers and music publishers that reflect the immense value of our members’ creative contributions,” said ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews.
“We’re extremely pleased to reach this deal with Pandora that benefits the songwriters, composers and publishers we are privileged to represent,” commented Mike O’Neill, President and CEO of BMI. “Not only is our new agreement comparable to the other direct deals in the marketplace, but it also allows us to amicably conclude our lengthy rate court litigation and focus on what drives each of our businesses – the music.”
“At Pandora we are delivering on our commitment to ensure that music thrives,” said Pandora CEO Brian McAndrews. “These collaborative efforts with the leading Performance Rights Organisations, as well as our recent direct deals with several music publishers demonstrate our progress in working together to grow the music ecosystem.”
While the specific terms of both multi-year agreements are confidential, the deals allow both ASCAP and BMI to further their goal of delivering improved performance royalties for their songwriters and publishers. The public performance royalties Pandora also pays to rights holders of master recordings are not affected by this agreement.