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Ice says it has paid out €340m as it signs latest deal


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Ice is the pan-European licensing hub set up by collecting societies PRS for Music, Stim and Gema, which claims a database of more than 32m songs, and representation for more than 290,000 rightsholders.

The body announced its latest licensing deal yesterday, with audio-streaming service Mixcloud, using a new ‘Core’ licence covering the three societies’ repertoire.

“The service offers a fantastic opportunity for the songwriters and publishers we represent to have their works feature in a diverse range of content and be properly paid for it,” said Ice’s head of licensing Tim Rawlinson.

As interesting is the latest figures from Ice, which were included in the announcement. It says it has “processed several billion online usages from digital service providers and distributed over 340 million euros back to their Collective Management Organisation and publisher rightsholders since 2016”.

This isn’t quite the first time this figure has been included in an Ice press release – that was in April for a partnership with Peermusic – but it’s not been widely reported. There has been some speculation within the industry about how Ice’s deals are actually paying off for its members, so public figures can only be a good thing.

Stuart Dredge

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