ASCAP Rebrands Admin Services As Songwize

ASCAP is relaunching its administration services business as Songwize. The services aid rightsholders such as major and independent music publishers who direct license their performance rights to digital services, functioning as their royalty administration arm. Services include performance matching, royalty and market share calculations, distributions, and standard business intelligence and data analytics.

ASCAP’S administration services business has been in operation since 2013. In the last year, it added technological and analytical expertise to a team headed by Senior Vice President Administration Services, Lisa Selden. In 2016, SONGWIZE administered a 121 percent year-over-year increase in performances across digital service providers including Amazon, Apple, Google Play, Pandora and YouTube.

“With the increase in streaming music consumption, the number of individual public performances that are occurring is increasing dramatically,” said ASCAP Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth Matthews. “Songwize, built on our trusted matching system and transparent distribution rules, ensures that songwriters and publishers can depend on ASCAP for proper royalty processing and payment under a variety of licensing scenarios.”

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