ICE and IMRO, the Irish Music Rights Organisation, are delighted to announce IMRO has become a direct customer of ICE’s Core Licence. Under the terms of the new agreement, ICE will provide a full suite of licensing and administration services for online usage.
“Partnering with ICE directly ensures that IMRO stays at the forefront of the growing digital marketplace at a crucial time” Commented Seán Donegan, IMRO Commercial Director for Media Licensing “This partnership will expedite the payment of digital royalties to IMRO members, at the most competitive rates possible, thus shortening and simplifying the digital royalty chain. The use of ICE’s cutting-edge business intelligence tools will enhance IMROs online monitoring, providing additional insight into how often, on what platforms, and in which countries, consumers are enjoying an ever popular & growing IMRO repertoire”.
“We are very pleased to welcome IMRO as a direct customer for ICE’s core licence” said Ben McEwen, VP Commercial at ICE “It is validation for the expertise and focus we have put into our licensing services, which are enabling our rightsholders to access online income from a broader range of multi-territorial services and for a broader range of territories than ever before.”
Under the new arrangements IMRO will continue the practice of flowing their matching performing right alongside those of major publishers, such as Sony ATV and Warner/Chappell, enabling improved transparency and speed of payment for the IMRO writers involved.
The ICE core license
Launched in 2016, the ICE core license brings together the work of members from GEMA, STIM, PRS, Concord, Downtown, Peer music, and now IMRO. ICE has a nine-strong licensing team, including dedicated resource focussing on data analysis and insight to ensure we are delivering ‘best in class’ commercial outcomes and market data for our growing customer base. Licensed to more than 50 services, across a scope of more than 130 territories it’s a key component for today’s DSPs.
ICE offers a flexible suite of services for Publishers, Collective Management Organisations (CMOs) and Rightsholders. Services include; copyright administration, multi-territorial online licensing processing and licensing solutions for Digital Service Providers. ICE was created by PRS, STIM and GEMA and represents over 290,000 rightsholders alone through this partnership. ICE has processed trillions of online music uses from music streaming services and paid over €930 million back to rightsholders since March 2016. The ICE copyright database holds over 35 million musical works. ICE is based in the UK, Germany and Sweden.
IMRO administers the performing right in copyright music in on behalf of its members (songwriters, composers and music publishers) and on behalf of members of affiliated overseas societies. IMRO´s core function is to collect and distribute royalties arising from the public performance of copyright works.
With global scope, we represent creators along the chain of creation. At IMRO, we are committed to creators. We stand up for music and the people who make it and perform it. A community for creators, we listen, advocate, educate, invest, and engage to shape a culture of musical worth. We help music creators to adapt to change and receive full and fair return for their work.