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SoundExchange Collaboration to Bring Music to Podcasts


Broadcasters Meet Podcasters
Broadcasters Meet Podcasters

One of the most daunting challenges facing podcasters -- playing popular music in their shows -- will be discussed in detail at Jacobs Media's "Broadcasters Meet Podcasters" sessions at Podcast Movement this Thursday. SoundExchange is announcing plans to collaborate with SourceAudio to provide a new solution for the growing podcast industry to secure music with fully integrated global licenses.

The collaboration provides Podcastmusic.com, a digital music marketplace for podcasters, with access to SoundExchange's vast membership of music creators to offer licensing for label- and publisher-owned music.

"One of podcasting's historic challenges is the legal usage of music," said Jacobs Media President Fred Jacobs. "We are pleased to bring together the team that has created this important collaboration on stage at ‘Broadcasters Meet Podcasters.' They'll share the details of Podcastmusic.com from multiple perspectives and will take questions from the audience. This is a big moment for podcasting."

The panel discussion will be at 3:30pm this Thursday at Podcast Movement in Orlando. Panelists include:

  • Richard Conlon, Chief Corporate Development Officer, SoundExchange
  • Andrew Harding, President, Business Development, SourceAudio/Podcastmusic.com
  • Peter Morris, CEO, PodcastOne
  • David Oxenford, Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP
  • Doug Reed, EVP Music and Library Services, SourceAudio/Podcastmusic.com
The panel will be moderated by Jacobs Media Vice President/General Manager Paul Jacobs.

"The podcast industry is rapidly growing, and this collaboration will provide SoundExchange's music creators - both labels and publishers - with an additional way to monetize their work by making their music available on Podcastmusic.com if they choose," said SoundExchange President and CEO Michael Huppe. "Our collaboration with SourceAudio will make the process of licensing music simpler through a one-stop licensing marketplace."

This collaboration is meant to enhance Podcastmusic.com's current database of 700,000 production and music bed tracks by providing a global license for all rights needed to use feature music in a podcast, including master use, performance, synchronization, and mechanical rights. Through this digital marketplace, podcast producers will be able to license label- and publisher-owned music with the click of a button.

"Currently, there is no simple way for a podcaster to acquire rights for feature music in their podcasts. We are solving that by working with SoundExchange," said SourceAudio CEO/Co-Founder Geoffrey Grotz. "By connecting with SoundExchange's community of music creators including labels, artists, publishers and songwriters, and benefitting from their deep expertise, we will be able to deliver a high-quality repertoire of music for podcasters."

The service is set to launch in 2020. Participation by publishers, labels, and other rights owners is on a voluntary basis. Music creators interested in making their sound recordings available for podcasts can visit www.podcastmusic.com/rights-holders for more information.

"Broadcasters Meet Podcasters" track is produced by Jacobs Media, bringing together the two industries at Podcast Movement for the third year. Podcast Movement will be held from August 13-16 at the Rosen Shingle Resort in Orlando, Florida.

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