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Music is Coming to Podcasts . . . . Finally!

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Bingham Farms, MI—One of the most daunting challenges facing podcasters – playing popular music in their shows – will be discussed in detail at Jacobs Media’s “Broadcasters Meet Podcasters” sessions at Podcast Movement this Thursday. SoundExchange is announcing plans to collaborate with SourceAudio to provide a new solution for the rapidly growing podcast industry to secure music with fully integrated global licenses.

The collaboration provides, a digital music marketplace for podcasters, with access to SoundExchange’s vast membership of music creators to offer licensing for label- and publisher-owned music.

“One of podcasting’s historic challenges is the legal usage of music,” Jacobs Media President Fred Jacobs remarks. “We are pleased to bring together the team that has created this important collaboration on stage at ‘Broadcasters Meet Podcasters.’ They’ll share the details of from multiple perspectives and will take questions from the audience. This is a big moment for podcasting.”

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The panel discussion will be at 3:30pm this Thursday at Podcast Movement in Orlando. Panelists include:

  • Richard Conlon, Chief Corporate Development Officer, SoundExchange
  • Andrew Harding, President, Business Development, SourceAudio/
  • Peter Morris, CEO, PodcastOne
  • David Oxenford, Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP
  • Doug Reed, EVP Music and Library Services, SourceAudio/

The panel will be moderated by Paul Jacobs, Vice President/General Manager, Jacobs Media.

“The podcast industry is rapidly growing, and this collaboration will provide SoundExchange’s music creators – both labels and publishers – with an additional way to monetize their work by making their music available on if they choose,” said Michael Huppe, President and CEO of SoundExchange. “Our collaboration with SourceAudio will make the process of licensing music simpler through a one-stop licensing marketplace.”

This collaboration will enhance’s current database of 700,000 production and music bed tracks by providing a global license for all rights needed to use feature music in a podcast, including master use, performance, synchronization, and mechanical rights. Through this digital marketplace, podcast producers will be able to license label- and publisher-owned music with the click of a button.

“Currently, there is no simple way for a podcaster to acquire rights for feature music in their podcasts. We are solving that by working with SoundExchange,” said Geoffrey Grotz, CEO/Co-Founder of SourceAudio. “By connecting with SoundExchange’s community of music creators including labels, artists, publishers and songwriters, and benefitting from their deep expertise, we will be able to deliver a high-quality repertoire of music for podcasters.”

The service is set to launch in 2020. Participation in this service by publishers, labels, and other rights owners is on a voluntary basis. Music creators interested in making their sound recordings available for podcasts can visit for more information.

“Broadcasters Meet Podcasters” track is produced by Jacobs Media, bringing together these two industries at Podcast Movement for the third year. Podcast Movement will be held from August 13-16 at the Rosen Shingle Resort in Orlando, Florida.

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For more information, contact Paul Jacobs at or go to

About Jacobs Media: Jacobs Media is a Detroit-based consulting and research firm, specializing in radio, television, new media, podcasting, and the connected car in commercial and public media. The company helps broadcasters identify digital opportunities through its national Techsurveys, now in their 15th year, helping inspire innovation to generate growing audience and revenue. The company has also been at the vanguard of mobile application strategy and development – jacapps has developed over 1,200 mobile apps worldwide for iPhone and Android devices.

About Podcast Movement: Podcast Movement is the world’s largest and longest running conference and trade show for podcasters and podcast industry professionals. Podcast Movement has had over 4,000 podcasters joining them over the last six years from nearly 30 different countries (and growing).

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