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CD Baby is proud to announce its recent partnership with SACM, Mexico’s only Performance Rights Organization.
One remarkable benefit to Mexican artists from this alliance is that CD Baby will be offering free standard submissions to all registered SACM members. SACM is equally honored to recognize CD Baby as their “preferred” and recommended distributor. Representing more than half of all Mexican artists, this is the first time SACM has inked such an agreement.
“Along with renewed hope for the future of their country, Mexican artists are feeling more empowered than ever. They want to learn more, enjoy life and be in charge of their music careers,” says Heli Del Moral, CD Baby’s VP of International Development.”Music artists in Mexico are not only producing more creative and higher quality projects, they are building loyal relationships with their fans and seeking reliable and trustworthy partners to help them manage and grow their music business. They want transparency and flexible options that allow them to adapt quickly to a very dynamic industry. We’re thrilled to offer them the tools they need to accomplish this.”
Emer Villalobos Saunders, Director of International at SACM, sees this agreement as “a historic agreement and a culmination of a long-time mission to bring artists in Mexico a viable and trustworthy way to distribute their music. Both SACM and CD Baby share a set of values and a philosophy that puts the artists first.”
This is the first step of a true alliance to develop additional services and integrate efforts to benefit composers and performers in Mexico. “The alliance between CD Baby and SACM gives independent artists in Mexico a rock-solid foundation and a support system that will help them lead the way far into the future,” Del Moral notes. “For CD Baby, we feel this demonstrates our commitment to one of the world’s top streaming music markets.”
About CD Baby
CD Baby is one of the largest distributors of independent music on the planet, home to 750,000 artists and more than 9 million tracks that are made available to 100+ digital services and platforms around the globe. Artists on the platform are empowered to monetize their rights while maintaining control of their own careers, and have collectively earned over $600 million since the company’s founding. CD Baby’s Publishing Administration service allows over 170,000 songwriters to collect all of their publishing royalties and currently administers over 1 million songs.
The Society of Authors and Composers of Mexico (SACM) is a collective rights management non-profit organization created in accordance with Mexican legislation in the year of 2007. Its history goes back to 1945, when the Mexican Union of Music Authors, Composers and Editors (SMACEM) organized with the purpose of creating a new culture that protects intellectual works as an important part of the cultural heritage of the nation, and as an essential element of cultural identity. The current president of the society is renowned Yucatecan singer-songwriter Armando Manzanero.