ICE Services Announce Downtown Deal

18 January 2018

ICE Services will provide a range of pan-European digital multi-territorial licensing and back-office royalty processing services, under the terms of the new agreement, signed with Downtown Music Publishing. ICE provides unparalleled speed, accuracy and economies of scale to administer our customers’ royalty payments.

Ben McEwen, Commercial Director at ICE Services said, “We are clearly delighted that an increasingly important, progressive, and technologically capable publisher such as Downtown and Songtrust has chosen to include its repertoire within ICE’s Core licence and is willing to demonstrate their confidence and appreciation of our administration capabilities in this way. We are very excited about working together in this new collaboration.”

“We’ve been looking at shaping the digital market from the outset,” said Roberto Neri, Managing Director of Downtown’s London office, the parent company of Songtrust.” This direct relationship with the ICE Core allows us to eliminate parallel processing through other incompatible society works databases. This will result in quicker, more efficient and accurate digital royalty distribution across the Songtrust platform and extended to its fast-growing songwriter and publisher client base.”

As part of the deal, Downtown’s royalty collection platform, Songtrust and its client base of more than 100,000 songwriters and 11,000 music publishers, will benefit from this new agreement. The Songtrust platform collectively manages over 1,000,000 song copyrights.

“Continuously refining our platform and process to provide our clients with the fastest, most efficient royalty collection solution in the market is core to our vision,” said Joe Conyers, Co-founder and General Manager of Songtrust. “Finding a business partner capable of managing the enormous scale and volume of our platform is no easy task. While many vendors are actively working on solutions, the ICE offering is by far and away the most compelling and sophisticated offering in the marketplace today.”

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About ICE Services Ltd

ICE Services, based in London, offers a flexible suite of services for Publishers, Collection Management Organisations (CMOs) and Rightsholders. Services range from multi-territorial online licensing processing to licensing solutions for Digital Service Providers.

ICE has the most authoritative copyright database in the world, through their German company, ICE Operations. The database holds over 31 million musical works with over 3 million new works registrations processed per year.

Contact: Hayley Miller on 0203 741 4919 or


About Downtown Music Publishing

Established in 2007, Downtown Music Publishing is one of the world’s leading rights-management firms with offices in major music markets around the globe, including New York, Nashville, Los Angeles, London, Amsterdam, and Tokyo. The company’s catalog spans over seven decades of popular music, encompassing some of the world’s most beloved songwriters and artists including The Beatles, John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Ryan Tedder, Benny Blanco, Robin Thicke, The Kinks, Hans Zimmer, Mötley Crüe, One Direction, Naughty Boy, Hardwell, Sturgill Simpson, Santigold, Carla Bruni, and Social Distortion.


About Songtrust

Since launching in 2011, Songtrust has emerged as the most popular music royalty collection solution in the world. Today, over 100,000 individual songwriters and music publishers utilize the platform to manage their licensing and royalty collection. Its Business Services division provides bespoke solutions for corporate clients including CD Baby, Distrokid, Downtown Music Publishing, The Orchard, Sub Pop Publishing, and Trap Nation. In 2017, Songtrust processed royalties from over 20,000 unique income sources in 100 countries around the world.

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