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1st June 2016

ARMONIA EXPANDS MEMBERSHIP TO NINE, AS AUSTRIAN COLLECTING SOCIETY AKM JOINS

Armonia, the online music licensing and processing platform, today announces the addition of its ninth member, AKM, the Austrian national collecting society.

Armonia is an alliance of national collection societies that makes online music licensing and processing simpler and more efficient to ensure a fair deal for everyone. It combines the extensive music business experience of its members with innovative technology to ensure a diverse musical culture in the global digital marketplace.

AKM has over 22,000 members and represents more than a Million works. The addition of its repertoire means the Armonia licensing hub now includes more than 13 million works covering 33 territories, providing a single point of negotiation for digital music service providers wishing to access a broad and diverse collection of works.

AKM is also using Armonia’s processing services, which provide automated data cleansing and enrichment, leading to more accurate identification of works.

Jean-Noël Tronc, President of Armonia’s Board and CEO of French collecting society SACEM, comments:
“We are thrilled to welcome AKM within the Armonia Community. This confirms the successful model of combining flexibility, pragmatism and efficiency, further increasing the repertoire available through our licensing hub to improve collections for our authors, songwriters and publishers.”

Gernot Graninger, CEO of AKM, comments:

“We are looking forward testing Armonia’s digital processing and experiencing the benefits of the shared technology platform and expertise: more accurate sales reports, with less need for expensive manual matching which mean improved collections for our songwriters and publishers. Armonia’s licensing hub and its full suite of services provides us the flexibility to maintain our own repertoire and the scale and simplicity to negotiate with one voice with digital service providers.”

About Armonia
Armonia was founded in 2012 by SACEM, SGAE and SIAE to make online music licensing and processing simpler and more efficient to ensure a fair deal for everyone.

Armonia represents more than 13 million works in 33 territories (EU & EFTA); it covers the repertoires of SACEM (France), SACEM Luxembourg, SGAE (Spain), SIAE (Italy), SPA (Portugal), SABAM (Belgium), Artisjus (Hungary), SUISA (Switzerland) and AKM (Austria) in Europe, as well as Anglo-American and Latin-American works. It has seven multi-territory licensing deals in place covering 80% of the market, with a further five multi-territory licenses currently being finalised.
www.armoniaonline.eu

About AKM
AKM is the performing rights society of composers, lyricists and music publishers in Austria. AKM's 22,000 members represent Austria's rich diversity in music. Being a non-profit organisation AKM distributes all income, less cost deduction, to the music authors and publishers.