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Gresham Music Joins With SESAC, Harry Fox to Launch Licensing Service for Sub-Saharan Africa

MUNICH — Gresham Rights Management, the newest company from South Africa-based Gresham Music Group, has joined forces with SESAC, The Harry Fox Agency, SUISA Digital Licensing and Mint Digital Services to launch a new music rights service in Africa that will assist both African & international songwriters and publishers in direct licensing and collections for copyrights in one of the fastest growing music markets in the world.

The new venture will serve as the exclusive representative for both SESAC and HFA in sub-Saharan Africa in a joint licensing operation with SUISA, the Swiss collective management organization, with Mint assisting with data administration. GRM’s aim is to lower admin costs and provide faster distributions for creators, while giving African songwriters and publishers access to more listeners across the continent and the rest of the world.

“These new benefits combined with synergies among Gresham Music Group’s other entities, such as Gresham Media, one of the largest service providers for background music in Africa, will allow the company’s new partners to reach more listeners in retail, gyms, hotels and restaurants daily,” said Alexander Wolf, president of SESAC International in Munich. “GRM’s vision is to unlock as much value for African and international rights holders as possible, through the convergence of data and technology & establish a new rights management relationship between copyright owners & music users.”

Wolf added that the new venture meets Gresham’s mission to “uplift, empower and assist African talent both on the continent and around the globe through innovative partnerships and disruptive new technology that will inevitably put more money in the pockets of African artists, executives and investors.”

Vincent Salvade, member of the board of SUISA Digital Licensing added that “the company’s expertise along with its authoritative resources will provide our affiliates with second-to-none service in the emerging marketplace.”

“Being able to provide superior administrative services on every continent is and always has been the goal of Mint,” said Fabian Niggemeier, CEO of Mint Digital Services. “We are thrilled that GRM chose to work with us and we are looking forward bringing the proper value of music to one of the most exciting and diverse music markets in the world: Africa.

The three-year-old Mint Digital Services is the alliance between SESAC and SUISA. The company manages invoicing and administration for the transnational music licensing businesses of SESAC, its subsidiary the Harry Fox Agency and SUISA with online providers, and also offers its services to publishers.

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