Sabam joins the ICE Core

09 March 2021

Tuesday 9th March 2021

Sabam, the Belgian Association of Authors, Composers and Publishers, is the latest to announce that it’s joining the ICE Core.

Carine Libert, CEO at Sabam commented, “We pursued an exceptionally thorough process to ensure we achieved the solution that gives our members the most royalties for the online use of their works. In joining the ICE Core, we’re certain we have that.”

“Selecting ICE as our partner for multi-territorial digital licensing reflects our approach in being strategic about delivering the maximum value for our authors.”

“We warmly welcome Sabam to the ICE Core,” said Ben McEwen, VP Commercial, ICE, “With the extensive work and expertise required nowadays to maximise licensing coverage of services & territories, with the right deals and understanding different categories in detail, we are able to add real value to the rightsholder network of societies and publishers (and ultimately their members) whom we serve.”

Thorsten Sauer, CEO, ICE, “The continued growth of the ICE Core reflects both the outstanding work of our licensing team and the way we can support customers on an end-to-end basis, leveraging excellence in processing and copyright to smoothly deliver accurate payments.

Sharing system, resource and investment costs amongst multiple customers is the most efficient model for rightsholders, and ultimately means more money is returned to creators.

Offering ICE Core rights representation alongside their national, broadcast and member services, makes a real difference in what societies provide their members. We’re committed to supporting them in delivering for creators.”

The ICE Core licence:

Launched in 2016, the ICE Core licence brings together the work of members from GEMA, STIM, PRS for Music, Concord, Downtown, Peer music, IMRO, BMI and now Sabam. ICE has a nine-strong licensing team, including dedicated resource focusing 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.

About ICE

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 Digital Service Provider (DSP) licensing solutions. ICE was created by PRS, STIM and GEMA and represents over 330,000 rightsholders alone through this partnership. In addition, the ICE Core includes repertoire of IMRO, BMI, Sabam and the independent publishers Peermusic, Downtown/Songtrust and Concord. ICE has processed trillions of online music uses from music streaming services and paid over €1.6 billion back to rightsholders since March 2016. The ICE copyright database holds over 40 million musical works. ICE is based in the UK, Germany and Sweden.

About Sabam

Sabam is the Belgian association for authors, composers and publishers. It manages the rights of more than 42,000 members in 5 domains: music, film & television, theatre & dance, visual arts and literature. In 2019, Sabam distributed more than € 115 million in copyright royalties to more than 32,000 members. In addition, it supported more than 150 cultural events and over 290 projects of its members that same year, through Sabam for Culture. More than 200 employees in Brussels are working every day to defend the rights of authors. In 2022, Sabam will celebrate its 100th anniversary.

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