Music Reports

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Music Reports
Industry Digital Media
Genre Music
Founded 1995

Ronald H. Gertz, Esq.

Douglas J. Brainin
Headquarters Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States
Area served
Key people
Ronald H. Gertz
Douglas J. Brainin
Jason Walker
William B. Colitre
Michael Shanley
Yoram Namir
Kate J. Cross
Cathy Nolan
Services Research
Licensing and Administration
SaaS Development and Hosting
Number of employees

Music Reports is a Delaware corporation that serves individuals and organizations seeking expertise and solutions in music rights licensing, administration, royalty accounting, and related SaaS development and hosting. Music Reports operates the largest registry of music rights and related business information in the world.


Music Reports was established to enable local television broadcasters seeking alternatives to the rigid blanket licensing structures offered by BMI and ASCAP. Music Reports developed an administration service to allow television composers to license television stations directly, pursuant to a collection, music usage information, processing of television station schedules and revenues, and automated report preparation and submission to the PROs of specific, granular music usage information.

Following the signing of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act in 1998, Music Reports initiated a program of copyright licensing for digital music services including through a sister company called Royalty Logic, Inc. In doing so, the company played a significant role in the development of music streaming services, both interactive and non-interactive.

Overview of current services[edit]

Music Reports provides services in the following areas:

  • Administration of ASCAP, BMI and SESAC per program licenses for television broadcasters, cable networks, and OTT services.
  • Master, synchronization, mechanical, and performing rights licensing for broadcasters, film and television producers, cable programming services, OTT services, and streaming music services.
  • Enterprise-level licensing and royalty accounting services for digital media services, mobile device and carrier clients and content owners including via BPO and SaaS models.
  • Copyright research for users of sound recordings and musical compositions.

Music Reports has compiled and maintains Songdex, the world's largest registry of music rights, with information on over 120 million sound recordings and related musical compositions, publishers, and composers. Music Reports currently serves as a per program license administrator for over 450 local television stations in the United States including many owned by ABC, CBS and NBC. The company undertakes music rights clearances, licensing and accounting for digital and background music services such as Amazon, Deezer, Flipagram, Microsoft, Pandora, iHeart Media, PlayNetwork, SiriusXM, Slacker, SoundCloud, and Tidal. Music Reports provides copyright research, licensing and strategic consulting expertise to established and emerging content and technology businesses such as HSN and QVC, as well as American Greetings and other consumer products companies.


June 24, 2016

  • Billboard Article: Pandora Teams With Music Reports in Bid for Fuller Royalty Transparency

June, 6, 2016

  • Billboard Article: Music Reports Launches New Tool to Begin Solving 'The Database Problem'

March 17, 2016

  • Billboard Article: Future of Music Article: Will Artists Lose Royalties From Satellite Radio? August 11, 2011
  • Billboard Article: Sirius XM Attempting to License Directly From Labels August 11, 2011
  • Billboard Article: Music Publishers, RIAA To Continue Royalty Negotiations September 16, 2009
  • Billboard Article: Court Declines To Rule On CRB July 10,2009
  • Billboard Article: Federal Appeals Court Considers Motion Against CRB Judges March 19, 2009