Music Business

Audius signs licensing deals with ASCAP, BMI, GMR and SESAC

The artist-centric streaming platform Audius has signed licensing agreements with all four U.S. Performing Rights Organizations (PROs): ASCAP, BMI, GMR, and SESAC.

Songwriters whose songs are played on Audius will now receive performance royalties via their PRO.

It’s a major milestone and stamp of legitimacy for the upstart San Francisco-based blockchain-powered music platform, which claims over 5 million monthly users.

Audius describes itself as a “global decentralized music community and discovery platform,” owned and operated by an open-source community of artists, music fans, and developers globally.

In 2021, the company raised $5 million from its community and investors, including Katy Perry, Nas, the Chainsmokers, SESAC CEO John Josephson, former Sony Music Publishing boss Marty Bandier, Mark Gillespie, and Guy Oseary.

Bruce Houghton is the Founder and Editor of Hypebot, a Senior Advisor at Bandsintown, President of the Skyline Artists Agency, and a Berklee College Of Music professor.

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