Australia-based technology company Jaxsta has entered into a commercial data access agreement (CDAA) with global digital rights agency Merlin.
Founded in 2015 by Jacqui Louez Schoorl and Louis Schoorl, Jaxsta is “the world’s largest source of official credit information” according to a press release.
The company launched the beta version of Jaxsta.com on June 12, 2019.
The direct data feed provided by Jaxta’s data partners (labels, publishers, industry associations) provides the company with official data sources as opposed to crowd-sourced information.
In addition to the Merlin CDAA, Jaxsta has entered into numerous partner agreements in the past two years that provide the company access to the credits of more than 80% of global music releases.
These data partners include ATO Records, Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), Big Deal Music Group, Bright Antenna Records, CD Baby, Epitaph Records, Fat Beats Records, Foundation Media, Hillsong, Mad Decent, Merge Records, Mushroom Music Publishing, Narnack Records, The Official Charts Company (OCC), Polyvinyl Records, The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), The Recording Academy, Sentric Music, Sony Music Entertainment and The Orchard, Unified Music Group, Universal Music Group, Virtual Label and Warner Music Group and others.
This agreement also extends to their respective distributed labels and subsidiaries. More partners will be announced in the coming months.
At launch, Jaxsta’s database of official music credit information contains more than 100 million credits across 25 million webpages, reflecting the music credits of 19 million recordings.
“The independent music industry has supported our journey from the beginning, and we have been proud to support independent music through a myriad of initiatives including our memberships with A2IM, AIM and AIR.”
Jacqui Louez Schoorl, Jaxsta
Jacqui Louez Schoorl, Jaxsta’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are very excited to announce this important partnership with Merlin.
“The independent music industry has supported our journey from the beginning, and we have been proud to support independent music through a myriad of initiatives including our memberships with A2IM, AIM and AIR.
“To be able to represent the wider community via a partnership with Merlin is a dream come true.”
“This partnership with Jaxsta will help ensure our members’ repertoire is properly accredited, wherever in the world it is accessed and enjoyed.”
Charles Caldas, Merlin (pictured)
Charles Caldas, CEO of Merlin, added: “Delivering accurate and transparent data reporting is of crucial importance both to Merlin and our growing global membership of independent labels and distributors.
“This partnership with Jaxsta will help ensure our members’ repertoire is properly accredited, wherever in the world it is accessed and enjoyed.”Music Business Worldwide