Licensing and royalty service provider RightsFlow has partnered with the National Association for Music Education, one of the world’s largest arts education organizations, the companies announced Wednesday. Under terms of the agreement, RightsFlow’s online mechanical licensing utility, Limelight, will now be offered for NAfME educator and student members’ use in clearing cover songs for physical, digital, ringtone and interactive streaming usage.

Participating members also will have access to educational resources and affiliate benefits that will be a result of the partnership. Both companies point out the increasing need for anyone involved with music to be aware of the often complex rights issues, especially when using new technologies in the creative process.

“We continue to embrace partnerships that enhance the process to record and share the music being performed by our students,” commented Mike Blakeslee, chief operating officer of NAfME. “Limelight is a simple tool that ensures copyright compliance for our membership while also delivering royalty revenues to songwriters and publishers globally.”

RightsFlow‘s Limelight simplifies the process of obtaining licenses for physical releases, digital downloads, ringtones and interactive streaming use, reducing the complexity of licensing.

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