Gresham Rights Management (PTY) Ltd, the newest music entity in the ever expanding group of companies in the Gresham Music Group portfolio which includes David Gresham Records, David Gresham Music Publishing, Gresham Media & Gresham Licensing has launched an innovative new music rights service in Africa to assist both writers & publishers in direct licensing & collections for their copyrights in one of the fastest growing music markets in the world.
GRM is the exclusive representative for both SESAC & The Harry Fox Agency in Sub-Saharan Africa with a joint licensing operation with SUISA digital & data administration by MINT digital services, this new company will enable creators to enjoy faster distributions, lower admin costs and access to a broader spectrum of music users across the continent. This combined with synergies between the group’s other entities such as Gresham Media which is one of the largest service providers for background music in Africa, will allow the company’s partners to reach more listeners in retail, gym’s, hotels and restaurants daily.
HFA is the gold-standard in mechanical rights management with commercial connectivity with over 48,000 affiliated publishers, more than 2,500 record labels and several top-tier digital service providers (DSPs). As a result, HFA administers over 233M mechanical licenses, and distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in annual mechanical royalties for over 100,000 catalogs representing more than 21M unique musical works. With its continued growth, HFA remains home to the world’s largest, most authoritative database of musical works linked to recordings.
SESAC (owned by Blackstone Group, one of the world’s largest private equity funds) represents the public performances of more than 1 million songs on behalf of its 30,000 affiliated songwriters, composers and music publishers, which include such familiar names as Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, RUSH, Disclosure (PRS), Zac Brown, Mumford & Sons (PRS), Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum, The Avett Brothers, Shirley Caesar, Paul Shaffer and Thompson Square. SESAC has long represented the music on some of TV’s biggest shows including Grey’s Anatomy, How I Met Your Mother, Parenthood, Dateline NBC, Dr. Phil, Seinfeld, and The Doctors among many others and is the PRO of choice among many of Hollywood’s most sought-after film and television composers including Christophe Beck, Danny Lux, Jon Ehrlich, Dennis C. Brown, Bruce Miller and Paul Shaffer among many others.