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French society SACEM announces new division to streamline complex royalty process

By | Published on Tuesday 29 January 2019


French collecting society SACEM has announced a rejig that will see its licensing, international and operational divisions integrated to “create a streamlined end-to-end solution to the identification, collection and distribution of royalties in order to ensure greater levels of transparency and value for its members”. The new combined unit will be headed up by Cécile Rap-Veber, previously Director Of Licensing & International.

In addition to representing the rights of the French songwriting community, SACEM has greatly expanded its operations in recent years, in particular licensing and/or administrating a stack of digital rights for a number of the music publishers who now do direct digital deals for their Anglo-American catalogues. SACEM also collaborates with an assortment of other European societies on digital licensing. And Rap-Veber has played a key role in developing and running this new side of the SACEM business.

Confirming the rejig, SACEM CEO Jean-Noël Tronc said: “This new structure will better equip SACEM to provide fair and transparent distribution of royalties and ensure a sustainable future for the creative sector, as the digitalisation of both music and audio-visual content continues to increase”.