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HFA: A Legacy of Trust, A Commitment to New Technology
HFA has long been America’s premiere licensing agent for securing mechanical licenses, working with publishers, artists, labels, and increasingly with new music services, products, and platforms. We are the best in the business, now part of the first US Music Rights Organization, SESAC Inc, along with SESAC (Performing Rights; click here for more information) and Rumblefish (micro-licensing, deal administration, and data support). Together, we’re creating a streamlined, one-stop shop for music licensing and royalty generation.

Here’s a quick overview of what we do and what this means for your business. Whether you need licensing, royalty or data support, we’ve got you covered.

Music Publishers
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We manage your catalog. Submit your song and writer information to us and we manage any additions, updates or third-party ownership claims. We also provide you with self-service tools, like our claiming tool, so you can manage your catalog real-time. Catalog Management
We connect the dots between compositions and sound recordings. We help you identify recordings of your related compositions, so you know who recorded your song. Having that link between your compositions and recordings also helps with licensing and getting royalties to you. Data Matching
We issue licenses. If you’re looking to license a composition that belongs to one of our affiliated publishers, you’re in luck. In many cases, we can issue that license, called a mechanical, on their behalf. License Issuance
We take care of the red tape. Certain uses can be handled via a compulsory license. We help you serve the correct Notice of Intent on publishers or the Copyright Office. Filing of Compulsory Notices
We administer multi-rights licensing. Thanks to the establishment of SESAC as an MRO, we can now collect royalties for you on both the performance and mechanical side, for all your online music and video licensing needs. Not only does this make accounting easier, it makes the whole process more efficient. Domestic Multi-Rights Licensing: Performance and Mechanical
We do it internationally, too! HFA is expanding internationally, and that means we can offer you the same efficient approach to your licensing and royalties outside of the U.S. Mint Digital Licensing
We can help get your music licensed. By offering your content through our micro-licensing platforms such as Friendly Music and eSynch®, we make your music available to apps and other platforms and services. Through our commission-free Songfile® platform, we market to artists making cover songs, educational societies and more. Micro-Licensing
We take care of your direct licensing arrangements. If you want to develop a direct agreement with a label or licensee, we can help you administer all the ins and outs of your direct licensing arrangement, from tracking what you’ve licensed, verifying you’ve been paid correctly, and auditing that licensee. Direct Agreement Administration
We bring new revenue opportunities to your door. We act as part of your business team, offering you licensing opportunities on an elective basis including those relating to lyrics, background music, and tablature. Additional Licensing Opportunities
We provide you and your licensees with self-service licensing tools. We provide licensing tools to record labels, digital music services and other licensees that help them license your catalog. You can also manage your licensing activities through our platform. Licensing Tools and Reports
We manage all royalty activities. We track and collect your royalties from your licensees, distribute royalties to you and generate supporting detail. Royalty Services
We examine your licensee’s books. We provide royalty compliance services to make sure you are being paid correctly. Royalty Compliance
We handle your communication. Dealing with a bevy of licensees can be time consuming. We have an experienced inquiry management team that provides support to you and your licensees regarding any catalog, licensing or royalty questions. Outreach and Inquiry Management
We maximize your royalty income. We help you find and claim your content on user-generated content sites (like YouTube), as well as on other networks and apps. Royalty Optimization
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Press & Video
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