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SOCAN Launches Dataclef Music Services

Toronto, October 22, 2018 – Drawing on years of strategic planning, including the acquisitions of Audiam, MediaNet, Royalty Guru, and SODRAC as well as its expansion into Los Angeles, Seattle and New York, SOCAN today launched Dataclef, the new services arm of the music rights organization.

Dataclef has created the most authoritative global music services platform ever built, empowering customers to thrive in the hyper-competitive modern music industry with revolutionary, fully-customizable service suites that simplify complex back-office and technology tasks. Relying on SOCAN’s well-established data management expertise, Dataclef has developed a unique comprehensive authoritative music database from more than 200 world territories.

“Dataclef is a milestone for SOCAN and the music industry on a global level,” said SOCAN Group CEO Eric Baptiste. “For the first time ever, organizations can go to one place for state-of-the-art license administration, worldwide reporting, and intelligent royalty tracking and delivery, improving their efficiency and bottom-line to return superior results.”

With “Dataclef Suite,” Collection Organizations and Rightsholders can unlock maximum back office ROI with flexible and infinitely scalable multi-territory, multi-right licensing and royalty tools.

Other products and services will be announced in due course, as Dataclef solutions meet the high-scale needs of global music use across the entire digital supply chain. At every stage, Dataclef offers tools to increase efficiency, lower costs, manage liability, supercharge user experience, and increase payment volume and accuracy to rights holders.

SOCAN’s services team, led by Dataclef Chief Operating Officer & Head of Sales Janice Scott, will operate at arm’s length from SOCAN’s core business teams and on segregated systems, ensuring complete privacy and confidentiality with all clients.

As the global music services company of the future, Dataclef actively invests in forward-looking technologies which allow customers to benefit from more accurate, transparent data and payments, and leverage high-tech, intelligent business tools for music use. Dataclef is a bilingual organization (English and French), and will be expanding language support to Spanish and Arabic in the coming months.

“SOCAN has asserted a position in leading the global transformation of music rights,” Scott added. “Dataclef is the latest strategic move forward for the SOCAN Group, resulting from years of investment in technology development and acquisition, integration of complementary leading-edge companies and, most importantly, the world’s best collective team of industry experts.”

Dataclef adds IPRS to roster of clients
Dataclef is now providing back office services through the Dataclef Suite of products and services to facilitate rights management for IPRS – Indian Performing Rights Society Limited, the country’s only registered copyright society administering musical works. This includes administering mandates, processing all types of music usage data, and working with IPRS to deliver royalty revenue to its members in the region. Dataclef’s powerful data management and cleansing systems will ensure maximum accuracy and timely payments.

“IPRS is excited to work with Dataclef to leverage their data and systems for maximized efficiency and royalty delivery to our members,” said Javed Akhtar Chairman of IPRS. “Dataclef’s revolutionary systems and database are unlike anything we’ve had access to before. We anticipate many years of mutual success working with their impressive technology and team.”

SOCAN announced in May 2018 that the company had struck a services deal with the Dutch Caribbean performing rights organization, Ducapro, which will now be served by Dataclef.

Brand identity
The Dataclef brand identity is symbolic of Dataclef’s music specialization and commitment to financially empower music stakeholders of all sizes. Our logo depicts forward motion with an arrow comprising the five lines of a musical staff, and colors transitioning from red to black.

About Dataclef
Dataclef is the world leader in solutions supporting music licensing, related data management, and digital delivery technology. Powered by SOCAN, Dataclef enables collection organizations, rights holders, DSPs, and brands with trailblazing music technologies and big data solutions including artificial intelligence. Organizations of all types and sizes will benefit from Dataclef’s services, empowering music use that is accurate, transparent and, most importantly, economical. That’s global music expertise you can bank on.

About SOCAN
SOCAN is a rights management organization that connects more than four-million music creators worldwide and more than a quarter-million businesses and individuals in Canada. More than 150,000 songwriters, composers, music publishers and visual artists are its direct members, and more than 100,000 organizations are Licensed To Play music across Canada. With a concerted use of progressive technology and unique data as well as a commitment to lead the global transformation of rights management, with wholly-owned companies Audiam, Dataclef, MediaNet, RoyaltyGuru and SODRAC, SOCAN is dedicated to upholding the fundamental truths that music and visual arts have value and creators and publishers deserve fair compensation for their work. For more information: www.socan.com

About IPRS
The Indian Performing Right Society Limited (IPRS) is the sole Indian copyright society, registered by the Government of India under the Copyright Act, 1957, administering musical works and literary (lyrics) works associated with musical works. The members of IPRS comprise Authors (lyricists), Music Composers and Music Publishers. Javed Akhtar, eminent lyricist, screenplay writer and poet is chairman.

Media contacts
Dataclef:
Glen Sears, (206) 269-6017, gsears@dataclef.com

Proof Strategies (for Dataclef): Olivia Fraczkowski, (416) 969-1668, ofraczkowski@getproof.com