NEW YORK, Dec. 8, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers), the leading U.S. performing rights organization, and RightsFlow, the leading licensing and royalty service provider, have entered into a partnership to offer mechanical licensing services to ASCAP's nearly 400,000 songwriter, composer and publisher members through RightsFlow's Limelight online utility.
Limelight provides artists, bands and record labels with a simple way to clear cover songs and secure mechanical licenses for physical releases, digital downloads, ringtones and interactive streaming. The online service reduces the complexity of licensing with domestic and international publishers while also ensuring that songwriters and publishers are paid 100% of royalties due. ASCAP members will receive a 25% discount on Limelight service fees.
"We're very excited to offer ASCAP members a simple solution to not only address their own mechanical licensing needs but also to share with our colleagues and friends in the broader music and musician communities as well," said Phil Crosland, ASCAP Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. "As an organization run by music creators, we continue to seek partnerships with innovative companies that can maximize both value and revenue for our members."
RightsFlow President and CEO Patrick Sullivan added, "Our company vision is to serve musicians and help them and other licensees effectively and efficiently license, account and pay songwriters and publishers. We are extremely gratified to be working with ASCAP, the pre-eminent organization of songwriters, composers, and music publishers, and are looking forward to delivering remarkable service, simplicity and value to their membership."
Musicians in all 50 states and 46 countries are currently using Limelight to clear cover songs and secure mechanical licenses for their U.S. releases. The license is required for any cover song or third party composition being distributed.
RightsFlow is a leading technology-enabled provider of mechanical licensing services and a royalty payment platform for online artists, record companies, distributors, and online music companies. www.rightsflow.com
Established in 1914, ASCAP is the first and leading U.S. Performing Rights Organization (PRO) representing the world's largest repertory totaling over 8.5 million copyrighted musical works of every style and genre from more than 390,000 songwriter, composer and music publisher members. ASCAP has representation arrangements with similar foreign organizations so that the ASCAP repertory is represented in nearly every country around the world where copyright law exists. ASCAP protects the rights of its members and foreign affiliates by licensing the public performances of their copyrighted works and distributing royalties based upon surveyed performances. ASCAP is the only American PRO owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. www.ascap.com