SESAC’s John Josephson's Interview with Songwriter Universe
By Dale Kawashima - Songwriter Universe
Performing rights organization SESAC recently announced a major acquisition—the purchase of The Harry Fox Agency (HFA), which has long been known as the leading U.S. mechanical rights organization. This is a transformative move which will enable SESAC to offer singular licenses for the works of its affiliated songwriters & publishers, combining both performance and mechanical rights collection. This allows SESAC to drive greater efficiency in licensing for music users, as well as enhanced value for music creators and publishers.
The acquisition was announced by John Josephson, Chairman & CEO of SESAC, who has been a director of the company since 1992. We are pleased to do a new Q&A interview with Josephson, to ask him about the acquisition of HFA and other new developments at SESAC.
Before we start this interview, here is some background information on the Harry Fox Agency and SESAC. For many decades, HFA has collected mechanical royalties on behalf of both major and independent music publishing companies. Through its massive network of commercial relationships with over 48,000 music publishers, HFA has created one of the largest and most comprehensive databases of musical works in the world, including metadata on over 6.7 million compositions and 21.4 million unique master recordings. HFA also has its Slingshot platform, which provides royalty tracking, administration and payment services and solutions to virtually every digital music service.
SESAC is a leading performing rights organization (PRO), which is the only for-profit PRO with significant scale. SESAC has long represented such legendary singer/songwriters as Bob Dylan and Neil Diamond. In addition, SESAC now represents such renowned songwriters as Mariah Carey, Zac Brown, Kesha, Charli XCX, Mumford & Sons, Hillary Scott (of Lady Antebellum), Nikki Sixx (of Motley Crue),Thin Lizzy, the Avett Brothers, James Napier, Teddy Riley, Bryan-Michael Cox, Billy Mann, Shawn Stockman (of Boyz II Men), Nate “Danja” Hills, Swiss Beatz, Jerry Cantrell (of Alice In Chains) and many others.