Press Release: NAfME Partners with Rightsflow to Offer Limelight, an Online Mechanical Licensing Utility, to Members

Initiative To Provide Members With Mechanical Licensing Support, Affiliate Opportunities, And Educational Resources

(NEW YORK, NY September 7, 2011) RightsFlow, a technology-enabled licensing and royalty service provider, announced a partnership today with The National Association for Music Education (NAfME), one of the world’s largest arts education organizations. RightsFlow’s online mechanical licensing utility, Limelight, will now be offered to NAfME educator and student members as a simple method to clear cover songs for their physical, digital, ringtone and interactive streaming usage. As significant numbers of student performances are being recorded for various uses, educators must be aware of both licensing responsibilities and solutions.

NAfME’s membership will be invited to use and share the Limelight utility for their mechanical licensing needs for recordings. Participating members will be able to take advantage of educational resources and affiliate benefits that will be a result of the partnership.

“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.”

Added Patrick Sullivan, RightsFlow President/CEO, “We’re excited to be working with NAfME, an esteemed organization with a great track record of success on their mission to build balanced, comprehensive, quality programs for music instruction at all levels of education. We’re proud to support educators and students nationwide with a service that makes it simple for them to record and release their music for keepsakes, fundraisers or any other use.”

Limelight has experienced rapid growth and substantial global adoption by tens of thousands of users in all 50 states and 150 countries. The service allows users to obtain licenses for physical releases, digital downloads, ringtones and interactive streaming use, reducing the complexity of licensing, and offers several key features including licenses that don’t expire, competitive fees, and coverage of 100% of the publishing market.

About NAfME

National Association for Music Education (formerly MENC), among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. Through membership of more than 75,000 active, retired, and preservice music teachers, and with 60,000 honor students and supporters, NAfME serves millions of students nationwide through activities at all teaching levels, from preschool to graduate school. NAfME’s mission is to advance music education by encouraging the study and making of music by all.

About RightsFlow

RightsFlow is a leading technology-enabled licensing and royalty service provider for artists, record labels, distributors, and online music companies. Our technology powers rapid song identification and provides an unprecedented level of transparency for both licensees and licensors. RightsFlow specializes in obtaining bulk physical, DPD, and ringtone licenses including streaming, tethered, and limited download rights. Our proprietary “FLOW” licensing technology and 30-million song database allow us to serve over 16,000 clients obtaining licenses from publishers and songwriters all over the world – including major, independent and artist controlled works.

RightsFlow also powers:

  • Limelight (, its online mechanical licensing utility providing the simplest way for musicians, bands, choirs and labels to clear any cover song
  • MySpark Copyright (, the right way to register and protect your intellectual property; simplifying copyright registration for content owners and creators.

Clients include YouTube, Rhapsody, Clear Channel, Muzak, The Orchard, INgrooves, Wolfgang’s Vault, Thumbplay, Guvera, Dada Entertainment/Play.ME, Scattertunes, [PIAS], Alliance, Kontor New Media, Beatport, Zebralution, E1 Canada, CD Baby, Disc Makers, Qello, REBEAT, & X5 Music Group.

RightsFlow is a member of AIM, A2IM, ASCAP, Chorus America, DDEX, DiMA, MEIEA, MENC, NAB, NAMM, and NARM.

RightsFlow is headquartered in NYC and has offices in San Francisco and Atlanta.

Contact for RightsFlow:

Michael Kauffman / SVP of Sales & Marketing







MySpark Copyright