By Tamara Hrivnak, Head of Music Business Development and Partnerships, Facebook
Facebook’s mission and music share something special — at their core, they both bring people together, enable stories and emotions to be shared, and forge bonds. Together, Facebook and the music industry are bringing the songs you love into the way you express yourself on Facebook, Instagram, Oculus, and Messenger. This means more ways to share, connect, find your fans and be your favorite artist’s biggest and best groupie.
Recently we announced our partnership with the largest major music company in the world, Universal Music Group, and earlier this week we announced another partnership, this time with the largest major music publisher in the world, Sony/ATV. These partnerships will create new music-related experiences on our platforms for users, artists and songwriters and build stronger and more connected communities around music.
Today, we are excited to announce that Global Music Rights, Irving Azoff’s US Performing Rights Organization, and Facebook have entered into Global Music Rights’ first-ever user generated content deal. Global Music Rights represents such esteemed writers and performers as Pharrell Williams, Bruno Mars, Drake, Bruce Springsteen and Smokey Robinson, among others. We are thrilled to partner with Global Music Rights and look forward to building a bright future with Irving and their amazing writers. Irving Azoff commented, “our partnership with Facebook reflects that when music is valued properly, it’s easy for both sides to view it as a win-win.” (more…)