Affiliate Membership allows organizations that are not directly engaged in music commerce to participate in digitalmusic.org activities. Each group will be able to send one delegate to digitalmusic.org work group meetings, creating a collaborative environment that will allow members to discuss and solve the complex problems currently facing the digital music industry.
“This is a huge first step toward our goal of creating a well-rounded coalition of digital-music heavy-hitters that will work collectively for the advancement of the music business online,” said Bill Wilson, VP, Digital Strategy and Business Development for NARM/digitalmusic.org.
A2IM (American Association Of Independent Music) serves the independent music community as a unified voice representing a broad coalition of music labels from a sector that comprises over 30% of the music industry’s market share in the U.S. (40% of SoundScan digital sales). The organization represents the Independents’ interests in the marketplace, in the media, on Capitol Hill, and as part of the global music community. For more information, visit www.a2im.org.
AFTRA are the people who entertain and inform America. In 32 Locals across the country, AFTRA members work as actors, broadcasters, singers, dancers, announcers, hosts, comedians, disc jockeys and other performers across the media industries including television, radio, cable, sound recordings, music videos, commercials, audio books, non-broadcast industrials, interactive games, the Internet, and other digital media. The 70,000 professional performers, broadcasters, and recording artists of AFTRA are working together to protect and improve their jobs, lives and communities in the 21st century. From new art forms to new technology, AFTRA members embrace change in their work and craft to enhance American culture and society. Visit AFTRA online at www.aftra.com
The Application Developers Alliance serves developers of every type, across all languages and platforms. App developers have unique needs as business people and as innovators. Members of The Alliance — anyone who creates software or is invested in bringing great ideas to market — are committed to shaping the future of the development industry. For more information, visit appdevelopersalliance.org.
BMI, a global leader in rights management, is an American performing rights organization that represents more than 500,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in all genres of music and more than 7.5 million musical works. BMI has represented the most popular and beloved music from around the world for more than 70 years. The company provides licenses for businesses that perform music, and distributes the fees it generates as royalties to the musical creators and copyright owners it represents. For more information, visit www.bmi.com.
DDEX is a consortium of leading media companies, music licensing organisations, digital service providers and technical intermediaries, focused on the creation of digital supply chain standards. To support the automated exchange of information along the digital supply chain, DDEX has standardised the format of how information is represented and the method by which the information is exchanged. For more information, visit www.ddex.net.
HFA is the nation’s leading provider of rights management, licensing and royalty services for the music industry. With over 46,000 music publishing clients, HFA issues the largest number of licenses for the use of music in both physical and digital distribution formats. HFA also serves the D.I.Y. market with Songfile, the company’s fast and easy online licensing tool. HFA’s service offering includes a suite of outsourced technology solutions designed to facilitate the administration of intellectual property rights. As a technology innovator, HFA is leading the industry in establishing global data standards and is a founding member and Board member of the Digital Data Exchange (DDEX). Additionally, for the past three years HFA was recognized by InformationWeek on its Top 500 Relentless Innovators list. For more information about HFA, visit our website at www.harryfox.com.
Music Reports, Inc. is the leading provider of music rights administration services in the world. The company’s proprietary systems and applications set the standard for technology in the music industry. Music Reports also maintains the largest database of music copyright information in the world, the Songdex® database. The company offers a full spectrum of music rights administration services, including: copyright research; music clearance; sales data consolidation; music usage reporting; royalty accounting; and royalty payment. Music Reports clients include the world’s largest television and radio broadcasters, digital music services, background music services, major record labels, mobile carriers and aggregators, and consumer products companies. The company’s executive management team includes leading experts in music copyright law and regulation. Music Reports is a portfolio company of ABRY Partners, one of North America’s leading private equity investment firms, which is focused on media and information services. To learn more, please visit www.musicreports.com.
The Recording Academy, eestablished in 1957, is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com.
The RIAA is the trade organization that supports and promotes the creative and financial vitality of the major music companies. Its members are the music labels that comprise the most vibrant record industry in the world. RIAA members create, manufacture, and/or distribute approximately 85% of all legitimate recorded music produced and sold in the United States. In support of this mission, the RIAA works to protect the intellectual property and First Amendment rights of artists and music labels; conduct consumer, industry and technical research; and monitor and review state and federal laws, regulations, and policies. The RIAA also certifies Gold, Platinum, Multi- Platinum and Diamond sales awards as well as Los Premios De Oro y Platino, an award celebrating Latin music sales. For more information, visit www.riaa.com.
SESAC is the nation’s most progressive and fastest growing performing rights organization with headquarters in Nashville and offices in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami and London. SESAC boasts an international reach and a vast repertory that spans virtually every genre of music including POP, Country, Rock, Urban, Jazz, Christian and Film/TV. SESAC represents such musical icons as Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, RUSH, Mumford & Sons, MGMT, Cassandra Wilson, Lady Antebellum, Jerry Cantrell among many others. For more information, visit www.sesac.com.
SoundExchange is the non-profit performance rights organization that represents the entire recorded music industry. The organization collects statutory royalties from satellite radio, internet radio, cable TV music channels and other services that stream sound recordings. The Copyright Royalty Board, created by Congress, has entrusted SoundExchange as the only entity in the United States to collect and distribute these digital performance royalties for featured recording artists and master rights owners. SoundExchange has paid out more than $800 million in royalties since its inception. For more information, visit www.soundexchange.com.