Global Music Rights, Radio Music License Committee Reach Settlement

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Global Music Rights and Radio Music License Committee reached a settlement to their long-running lawsuits and that conditions to the agreement have been satisfied, it was announced today (Feb. 7) in a joint statement.


Among the conditions is a majority of commercial radio stations entered into long-term licenses with GMR, and take effect April 1. 


“Global Music Rights stands for songwriters and the value of their music,” said GMR’s founder Irving Azoff.  “I am proud of the GMR team for the hard work on behalf of songwriters in achieving this settlement. It is wonderful that GMR and thousands of radio stations coast to coast are partnered to bring great music to fans for many years.”


RMLC Chairman, Ed Atsinger III said, “This settlement puts an end to more than 5-years of litigation and represents a shared desire by both sides to find a way for radio stations and GMR to work together on a long-term basis without repeatedly resorting to litigation.”


At RMLC’s request, GMR has agreed that any radio station that still wishes to opt into the settlement has the opportunity to do so until March 31, 2022 by contacting GMR at [email protected]. As of April 1, 2022, stations without a license from GMR will no longer be permitted to publicly perform songs within the GMR repertory.


Global Music Rights is at the forefront of music rights management, leading the field in client services, technology, and rights advocacy. Global Music Rights, the first US PRO in nearly 75 years, was founded in 2013 by industry veteran Irving Azoff and long-term PRO executive Randy Grimmett as an alternative to the traditional performance rights model. 


Radio Music License Committee is a non-profit trade association that represents the interests of U.S. commercial radio stations in music-licensing matters related to performing right organizations.