Canadian music licensing and collection society SOCAN has launched a new services arm called Dataclef. According to a statement by SOCAN, Dataclef’s powerful data management and cleansing systems will ensure maximum accuracy and timely payments for its members.
“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.”
SOCAN’s services team, directed by Dataclef Chief Operating Officer & Head of Sales Janice Scott, will operate at arm’s length from SOCAN’s core business teams and on separated systems, ensuring complete privacy and confidentiality with all clients.
As the global music services company of the future, Dataclef will actively invest in forward-looking technologies which will allow customers to benefit from more accurate, transparent data and payments, and leverage high-tech, intelligent business tools for music use.
“SOCAN has asserted a position in leading the global transformation of music rights,” Scott said. “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.”
Concurrent with the announcement of the launch of Dataclef, SOCAN announced that it has added IPRS to its roster of clients. Dataclef will now provide 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.
“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”, added Akhtar.
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. Dataclef is a bilingual organization (English and French), and will be expanding language support to Spanish and Arabic in the coming months.