Peermusic and ICE ink direct deal

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Global independent music publisher peermusic has entered into a direct licensing and administration agreement with online copyright company ICE.

Under the deal, ICE will provide a full suite of licensing and administration services for online exploitation of Peermusic’s catalogue covering more than 30,000 works.

The Peermusic catalogue includes works by Buddy Holly, Hoagy Carmichael, David Foster, Tricky Stewart, and performed by the likes of Beyonce, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Ed Sheeran, Stormzy, George Clinton and Madonna.

Nigel Elderton, European president at Peermusic, said: ‘As the online business evolves, we continue to evaluate our digital strategy and review our service providers around the world to ensure that our songwriters and composers receive the best service and achieve the most competitive rates possible.

‘We chose to partner with ICE directly in Europe as they offer a tailored service with the business intelligence tools necessary to effectively track and police our royalties. ICE has continued to demonstrate that they are at the forefront of the pan-European licensing business having negotiated deals with all of the major digital service providers across Europe and beyond.’

Ben McEwen, ICE’s commercial director, said: ‘Peermusic were one of the first publishers to embrace the opportunity of licensing on a multi-territorial basis when they centralised the administration of their rights via PRS in 2008 and we are delighted to now welcome them as a direct customer of ICE in 2018. We look forward to working with Ralph, Nigel, Goetz and the fantastic team at Peer to continue to grow their business via the growing range and scope of ICE Core licences.’

Earlier this week, it was reported that online copyright licensing and processing hubs ICE Services and ICE Operations have merged into a single entity, ICE, and appointed a new chief executive.

Thorsten Sauer, previously president of broadcast and media services at Ericsson, has taken on the new role.

Until now, ICE has operated as two companies – ICE Services, which licenses the rights mandated to it by both collecting societies and publishers, and ICE Operations, which manages both online operations and copyright.

ICE Services is a joint venture between PRS for Music, STIM and GEMA with a database of more than 32 million musical works.