Thursday, October 4, 2012

Jeff Price, Ousted TuneCore Co-Founder, Announces 'Agreement' With SOCAN

Jeff Price - who left TuneCore, the music-distribution upstart he co-founded, in August - announced today that he is now working with SOCAN - the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada. 

The announcement doesn't specify whether Price is on staff, and instead calls their arrangement an "agreement … to collaborate on potential new concepts and possibilities that can help the organization's more than 110,000 members." SOCAN represents the Canadian performing rights of more than 3 million Canadian and international music creators and publishers, according to the organization. 

According to the announcement, Price, who has been critical of U.S. collection societies, is an "outspoken fan of SOCAN" saying it is a shining example of how a performing rights organization should work for songwriters. 

"SOCAN always works to represent the needs and rights of our members, and Jeff Price will provide us with exciting new concepts that will help us achieve our vision of raising the bar for music rights," SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste said in a statement. "Jeff Price is a true visionary in the music industry. His philosophy and ethic when it comes to the rights of songwriters, authors and publishers match nicely with our own." 

Price left his position as CEO of TuneCore amid controversy
 in August, and the owners of that organization have not yet publicly stated who is running the organization in his place. 

"The new music industry is about serving, not exploiting, the artist," Price said in a statement. "SOCAN serves its members by getting them money owed for the public performance of their songs without owning their copyrights. To me, SOCAN is TuneCore on steroids. It has the right vision, philosophy, management, artist base and infrastructure to lead the world on getting musicians, songwriters and publishers back more money, more quickly with transparency."

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