.music - your new Internet home

On all seven continents, in every nation on earth, all human beings understand and respond to the language of music. 

It is not only humanity’s only true native tongue... it may be our only hope to ultimately recognize our own humanity in others. 

What else on the planet has the power to ignite passion, heal broken hearts, make us dance and sometimes, move entire generations forward? Music takes our collective breath away while transporting us in synchronized precision toward the deepest and truest places in our souls. 

Soon there will be a new music space -- a digital home -- for that special tribe among us that creates and sustains music. It will be a definable village that gives everyone in the community new ways to connect, develop, thrive and flourish in a resource-rich, empowering environment.

It is a namespace that emblazons its identity on the millions who create, develop, deliver and advocate the language of music. This address -- a top-level domain that can be instantly recognized anywhere on the planet -- authenticates and safeguards its members and their works. It will also be a bold, digital billboard that proclaims: ”We speak the language of music.” 

Your home will be here soon. Get ready to move in.

Who We Work With

The entities shown below represent the people who write, sing, play, perform, publish, record, promote, manufacture, distribute and/or license the vast majority of the world's music. They are music educators, record labels, publishers, performance rights societies, distributors, retailers, musical instrument makers, guilds, unions, cultural institutions, advocacy groups and the ecosystem that connects the Music community everywhere on the planet. 

In short, they speak the language of music and they are all part of the community united in helping safeguard the value of music and its creators. 

We work together with the following Music community organizations that have endorsed and support our “in the community, by the community, for the community” .music initiative. 

If you represent an association, company or other organization dedicated to the world of music, and support the creative and intellectual property rights of the Music community, please contact us if you would like to join the conversation. And let the language of music continue to flourish.

  • APDIF Colombia, is a non-profit association that serves the principal phonographic music labels in the country and strives to support the production and create awareness about the cultural value of music. Read More
  • The Australasian Music Publishers Association works on behalf of its members to promote a better understanding of the value of music, both culturally and economically. AMPAL is a trade association with more than 50 music publisher members in Australia and Read More
  • The DMV "Deutscher Musikverleger-Verband e.V." is an association representing the interests of music publishers throughout the German Federal Republic. Representing over 400 music publishers, the association acts for about 90% of music publishers active in Germany. The development of today's Read More
  • The PMPA’s main objective is to bring together music publishing professionals; to study, develop and defend their interests and to promote national and international recognition of their profession. In terms of representation, the pool of members of the PMPA has Read More
  • ACODEM, the Colombian Music Publishers Association is a non-profit entity, founded on May 24, 1990, that promotes respect for the copyright as an essential condition for the promotion of musical creation and the consequent enrichment of musical culture. Our vision Read More
  • The Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies, Inc. (AARC) is the leading organization representing featured artists and recording companies, both domestically and abroad, in the areas of home taping/private copy royalties and rental royalties. AARC, a non-profit organization, was formed Read More
  • The AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians. Whether negotiating fair agreements, protecting ownership of recorded music, securing benefits such as health care and pension, or lobbying legislators, the AFM is committed to Read More
  • The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 500,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers of every kind of music. Through agreements with affiliated international societies, we also represent hundreds of Read More
  • The Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) is a national industry association proactively representing the interests of its members, comprising of more than 100 record labels across Australia, ranging from small "boutique" labels, to medium size organizations and very large companies Read More
  • BMI knows that our culture is dependent on the creation of intellectual property, specifically, the creation of music. Without copyright protection, songwriters would lose their exclusive performing right, allowing anyone to use their music freely and without payment. That means Read More
  • BIEM, created in 1929, is an international organization gathering 52 Mechanical Rights Societies (Members) operating in 56 territories (a list of our Members is available at www.biem.org). Our Members are administering recording and mechanical rights of protected musical works, with Read More
  • Founded in 1926, The Church Music Publishers Association currently represents 46 member publishers. A diverse group, our membership includes representation from the publishing houses of almost every major church denomination, the publishing companies or affiliates from every major contemporary Christian Read More
  • The Chambre of the Éditeurs de Musique of France (CEMF, created 140 years ago) represents more than 25 publishers who dedicate their activities to the creation, development, promotion, safeguarding and sustainability of music. Read More
  • The German Orchestra Union [Deutsche Orchestervereinigung (DOV)] is the professional association and union of members of professional orchestras, radio choirs and radio big bands in Germany. Nearly all of the musicians in some 150 professional ensembles are members of the Read More
  • The European Music Council is the European network of networks for music, with a membership of national music councils as well as local, national and international music organisations that are based in Europe. In line with the International Music Council’s Read More
  • The ver.di Professional Music Group’s mission supports the development of sustainable music sectors worldwide, to create awareness about the value of music and to make music matter in all social fabric. Read More
  • Founded in 1973, the Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) is America's leading guitar organization. The GFA provides its members the combined advantages of a guitar society, a library, a publisher, a continuing educational resource, and an arts council. Today the Read More
  • Indian Music Industry was established on 28th Feb 1936 as the Indian Phonographic Industry (IPI), and is second oldest music companies' associations in the world engaged in defending, preserving and developing the rights of phonogram producers, and actively promoting and Read More
  • The Indian Performing Right Society Limited issues Licenses to users of music and collect Royalties from them, for and on behalf of its Members i.e. the Authors, the Composers and the Publishers of Music and distribute this Royalty amongst them Read More
  • IBMA is a non-profit trade organization incorporated in Kentucky with headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee. IBMA has approximately 2000+ members in all 50 states and 30 countries. In addition, there are local and regional bluegrass music associations throughout North America and Read More
  • CISAC works towards increased recognition and protection of creators’ rights. CISAC was founded in 1926 and is a non-governmental, non-profit organization. Its headquarters are in Paris, with regional offices in Europe, Asia-Pacific and South America, as well as in Africa. Read More
  • ICMP is the world trade association representing the interests of the music publishing community internationally. Our mission is to protect and promote copyright and to represent industry positions at international, regional and local levels. We achieve this by being vocal Read More
  • The International Federation of Musicians, founded in 1948, is the international organization for musicians' unions, guilds and professional associations and is now counting about 65 members in 57 countries throughout the world. FIM has created three regional groups, for Africa Read More
  • IFPI represents the recording industry worldwide, with a membership comprising some 1300 member companies (including major and independent labels), in 66 countries and affiliated industry associations in 45 countries. IFPI's mission is to promote the value of recorded music, safeguard Read More
  • The International Music Council (IMC), founded in 1949 by UNESCO, is the world's largest network of organizations, institutions and individuals working in the field of music. The International Music Council promotes musical diversity, access to culture for all and unites Read More
  • MMG Music Publishing was founded in Israel in 1993, and was the first company that operated exclusively in Israel in the field of copyright music featuring Israeli music. Read More
  • Music is one of the most visible and highly recognized expressions of the Canadian experience. Therefore, we believe that it is important to promote and protect the value of music and its production.  Music Canada is a non-profit trade organization Read More
  • The Musicians Federation of India’s (Musicians Union) main objective is to protect and further the economic, social and artistic interests of musicians throughout INDIA Read More
  • The MMF is the largest representative body of Artist Management in the world. They have over 400 members in the UK, representing over 1,000 of the most successful acts on the planet. Their emphasis is on implementing positive actions to Read More
  • The Music Managers Forum provides a platform to connect, enhance, and reinforce the expertise and professionalism of music managers. Their goal is to further the interests of managers and their artists in all fields of the music industry, including live Read More
  • The Music Producers Guild, conceived and supported by producers and engineers and is also the founding sister organisation of the P&E Wing USA who are both passionate about all aspects of creating and recording music. We provide a professional community Read More
  • Founded in 1885, the Music Publishers Association is the oldest music trade organization in the United States, fostering communication among publishers, dealers, music educators, and all ultimate users of music. More than 75 music publishers belong to this association, many Read More
  • The Music Publishers Association is the trade association for music publishers in the UK, with over 270 members, representing nearly 4,000 catalogues covering every genre of music. Their members include all three of the UK's "major" music publishers, independent pop Read More
  • The Music Publishers Union of Austria has its headquarters in Vienna and extends its activity to the whole Federal territory and in cooperation with associations with shared interests abroad. The purpose of the Association is the promotion, development and safeguarding Read More
  • The mission of the National Association for Music Education is to advance music education by encouraging the study and making of music by all. Music allows us to celebrate and preserve our cultural heritages, and also to explore the realms Read More
  • We envision a world in which the joy of making music is a precious element of daily living for everyone; a world in which every child has a deep desire to learn music and a recognized right to be taught; Read More
  • Music Business Association - formerly National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM) / Digital Music .org was established in 1958, is the leading trade association for music retailers; wholesalers; distributors; record labels; multimedia suppliers; technology, telecommunications and media companies; suppliers of related products and services; Read More
  • Founded in 1940 and chartered by the 84th Congress in 1956, the National Music Council represents the United States to the International Music Council/UNESCO. The Council acts as a clearinghouse for the joint opinion and decision of its members and Read More
  • Founded in 1917, the National Music Publishers' Association is the largest U.S. music publishing trade association with over 3000 members consisting of American music publishers and their songwriting partners. Its mission is to protect, promote, and advance the interests of Read More
  • The National Songwriters Association (NSA) consists of a body of creative minds, including songwriters from all genres of music, professional and amateur, who are committed to protecting the rights and future of the profession of songwriting, and to educate, elevate, Read More
  • Spain’s Professional Music Publishers Organization acts on behalf of EMI Music Publishing Spain S.A., Warner Chappell Music Spain SA, Universal Music Publishing SL, Sony ATV Music Publishing Holdings (Spain) Lie S C, Peermusic Española S.A.U., Union music!] Ediciones S.L and Read More
  • PPL licenses recorded music played in public or broadcast in the United Kingdom and then distributes the licence fees to its performer and rights holder members. Established in 1934, PPL exists to ensure that those who invest their time, talent Read More
  • PPL is the officially registered and recognized "copyright society" in India, which administers the sound recordings of its member music companies. It is the only copyright society enjoying statutory recognition by the Government of India, in respect of sound recordings. Read More
  • PRS for Music is a music licensing society, which represents the rights of 0ver 100,000 member songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK. They license organisations to play, perform or make available copyright music on behalf of their members Read More
  • Established in 1957, the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc., also known as The Recording Academy, is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers, and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life Read More
  • The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is the trade organization that supports and promotes the creative and financial vitality of the major music companies. Its members are the music labels that comprise the most vibrant record industry in the Read More
  • SESAC is a performing rights organization with corporate headquarters in the heart of Nashville’s Music Row that house all of the company’s divisions, from creative to licensing to administration. The company also has offices in New York, London, Los Angeles, Read More
  • SABAM is the Belgian Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers. Its object is the receipt, the redistribution, the administration and the management (in the widest sense of the word) of all copyrights in Belgium and in other countries where reciprocity Read More
  • The Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs de Musique collective rights society for music, represents over 137, 000 members (songwriters, composers and publishers) and 40 million international music works in France. Sacem was founded in 1860, and is the oldest collective Read More
  • SOCAN is a not-for-profit member-based organization that represents the Canadian performing rights of over three million Canadian and international music creators and publishers. We play a leading role in supporting the long-term success of our more than 100,000 Canadian members, Read More
  • Since the enactment of the Copyright Act, the SGA has continued to take a stand on every issue of importance to songwriters and the music industry in general, including home taping, source licensing, derivative rights, author's moral rights, the deductibility Read More
  • SoundExchange helps the music and creative community thrive in the digital age. SoundExchange is the independent nonprofit performance rights organization that collects and distributes digital performance royalties to featured artists and copyright holders. We represent recording artists – from unsigned a Read More
  • The Finnish Music Publishers Association was Founded in 1976 as an umbrella organization for Representing the Interests of Finnish music publishers. The Association has 37 publisher members. It is a non-profit-making organization with no business Aims of its own. It Read More
  • Uganda Musicians’ Union (UMU) established in 1998, is a registered National Collective Musicians Umbrella Union under the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development Department of Culture; promoting issues of social protection, equity, human rights, copyright management, decent working conditions Read More
  • The UK Musicians’ Union is a globally-respected organisation which represents over 30,000 musicians working in all sectors of the music business. As well as negotiating on behalf of musicians with all the major employers in the industry, the MU offers Read More
  • Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) is a performing right collection society established in 1926 to administer the public performance and communication rights (often referred to collectively as performing rights) of its songwriter, composer and music publisher members. APRA represents over Read More
  • The Association of Independent Music (AIM) is a non-profit-making trade organisation established in 1999 to provide a collective voice for the UK's independent music industry. AIM represents over 800 member companies, from the largest and most respected labels in the Read More
  • IMPALA's mission is to grow the independent music sector, promote cultural diversity and cultural entrepreneurship, improve political access and modernise the perception of the music industry. IMPALA is a not-for-profit trade organisation representing the European independent music label community in Read More
  • The Harry Fox Agency was established in 1927, by the National Music Publisher's Association to act as an information source, clearinghouse and monitoring service for licensing musical copyrights. Since its founding, HFA has provided efficient and convenient services for publishers, Read More
  • RICom Publishing is a music publisher, which deals in control and protection of musical and authorial rights. RICoM Publishing is a licensed partner of Universal Music Publishing and it protects the Rights of their Catalog together with the most popular Read More
  • Sociedad de Productores Fonográficos y Videográficos de Chile. Their mission supports the development of sustainable music sectors worldwide, creates awareness about the value of music and works to make music matter in all social aspects. PROFOVI is a private, nonprofit Read More
  • The Worldwide Independent Music Industry Network (WIN) is a global forum for the professional independent music industry. It was launched in 2006 in response to business, creative and market access issues faced by the independent sector everywhere. For independent music Read More
  • The music industry is constantly changing, and with every change comes fresh challenges to the rights of the songwriters, music creators and music publishers. Since 1949 the Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA) has ensured the views of music publishers working Read More
  • Music publishing is an integral part of the music industry and cultural life of our country. The success of Italian music in the world is proof of the immense talent of our authors and the Italian publishing industry professionalism. FEM Read More
  • The Music Publishers Association of Japan (MPAJ) is the sole organization to represent the Japanese music publishing business. The association is committed to the dissemination of copyrighted music by promoting the music publishers and sound development of the use of copyrighted materials Read More
  • SČHN, or the Association of Czech music publishers is a nonprofit organization that brings together the publishers operating in the Czech Republic and is a Protective Association representing copyrights. SČHN is active in the following areas: Negotiations with trade organizations, Read More
  • Created in 1966, the essential mission of CIAM is to unify the voice of music creators of all repertoires and to be the worldwide umbrella organisation for composers and creators of music. Within this are three core objectives: Coordinate and Read More
  • ECSA represents over 23,000 professional composers and songwriters in 22 European countries. With 43 member organisations all across Europe, the Alliance represents the interests of music writers of art & classical music, film & audiovisual music and popular music. ECSA’s Read More
  • AlCAM is the Latin American alliance of authors and composers of music intended to encourage and promote the legitimate moral law and equity for any artist’s work and to promote fair remuneration for their works by recognizing the value of Read More
  • The purpose of Music Creators North America (MCNA) is to provide a voice for music creators in the ongoing discussions that will reshape national and international copyright law and policy. In addition, we wish to draw attention to the issues Read More
  • Our mission is to educate inspire and assist music creators and copyright owners and to preserve and demonstrate the value of songs and musical creativity to the greater community as a source of culture education and quality of life Read More
  • The Songwriters Association of Canada is a friendly community of songwriters here to support each other in the creative journey. We also advocate on behalf of songwriters to protect the value of our work. The Songwriters Association of Canada. exists Read More
  • The Screen Composers Guild of Canada is a national, not-for-profit, professional trade association of music composers and producers of music for audio visual productions that are viewed on screens in cinemas, on television, on computer monitors, in video games, and Read More
  • The professional Society of Authors and Composers of Quebec is an association, which represents the moral interests, economic and professional songwriters francophones across Canada and to all composers of music in Quebec. It now comprises more than 700 members who Read More
  • The Society of Composers & Lyricists is committed to advancing the interests of the film and television music community. Toward this end, the SCL: Disseminates information concerning the creative and business aspects of writing music and lyrics for film and Read More
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Why Baby Why?

For almost 25 years the Internet addressing system has remained largely unchanged. However, the controlling organization over the Internet’s naming system, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), has expanded the Domain Name System (DNS) to include hundreds of new Top Level Domains (TLDs) as alternatives to .com, .net, .org, etc. The current choices in TLDs have not offered a space where music can be safeguarded, sustained and enjoyed for the benefit of creators and consumers alike. We want to change that. This opens up a vast and exciting Internet frontier. 
In short, we love music and “music people.” Our commitment to the creation of .music is a natural and inherent extension of our desire to serve all members of the Music community through a trusted namespace that respects their rights as creators. We hope you agree they have as much right as anyone to earn a fair living from the fruits of their labors. While new technologies have played a central role in increasing the global availability of diverse musical traditions in recent years, we have yet to fully tap into the power of that same technology to sustain and nurture music, musical creators, and their audiences.
We have been working with the global music Community for nearly a decade to make .music, THE avenue and THE destination for artists, musicians, songwriters, students, teachers, instrument makers and music professionals. Our goal is to connect, promote, nurture, support and advocate the value of music creation and help protect intellectual property and creative rights. Our vision is to give wing to the dreams and aspirations of music creators. 

How do we do this? 

If the Internet is a virtual ecosystem and .music is a new neighborhood, then we want those involved in the language of music to have their own home there. We want a neighborhood where the homeowners have a representative seat at the table and input into the policies of their neighborhood. The .music TLD we envision gives everyone in this neighborhood a new way to thrive and flourish in a safe and secure environment. 

It won’t be much longer before you will be able to have your own identity with a .music domain. Some examples could be: edsheeran.music, fettywap.music, pharrellwilliams.music, berklee.music, pitbull.music, fender.music, viperlounge.music, DrDre.music, livenation.music, taylorswift.music, guitarcenter.music, fluxpavilion.music, amazon.music, or lettuce.music — complete with the corresponding email addresses of course. 

The .music address serves as a guidepost to music lovers on where to find official Music community member sites. In addition, unlike having music-related Website addresses interspersed among many Top Level Domains (is it .com, .net or is it co.uk?), having us all in one neighborhood will help promote and optimize traffic and make finding us far more efficient and secure. 

With the very identity of music at stake, .music, needs to be connected to the community it represents, rather than in the control of an entity that simply views TLDs as another piece of Internet real estate. 

We know the human story will continue to be written in the language of music, with its explosive expansion fueled by technology.

We believe the best way to predict the future is to build it. Your new Internet home is being constructed now.

We love music and “music people.” Our commitment to the creation of .music is a natural and inherent extension of our desire to serve all members of the Music community through a trusted namespace that respects their rights as creators. 

We believe in the infinite potential of artists, songwriters and musicians. We believe in the value of all musical expression. We believe in the surrounding infrastructure of people that support the growth and development of music and its creators throughout the world. We envision a music space that gives everyone in the community new ways to develop, thrive and flourish in a resource-rich, empowering environment.

Loren Balman, CEO, is a 30-year veteran of the music and entertainment business with diverse corporate experience. As a record label executive and by way of Artist Development, Marketing and Production, he has earned more than 30 Gold and Platinum records, a Grammy nomination and five Dove Awards. Prior to founding .music llc, Loren was deeply involved in developing forward looking business models that utilized both music and technology disciplines.  

John Styll, President & COO, is an entrepreneur who founded a music magazine publishing company in 1978 and served as its CEO for 23 years. This experience in music journalism led to a seven-year stint as head of two music trade associations. For the last eight years, John has dedicated his efforts to the expansion of the Internet and the safeguarding of creative rights. 

John Frankenheimer, .music General Counsel, is Partner and Chairman Emeritus of the international entertainment and intellectual property law firm Loeb & Loeb. John’s practice is centered in the entertainment and media industries, where he has been at the epicenter of the Music community as a trusted advisor to its leadership.

Keith Thomas, VP of Artist Relations, is a six-time Grammy-winning producer and songwriter with 40 Billboard #1 hits to his credit. Keith has worked with an elite spectrum of artists including Katy Perry, Vanessa Williams, Luther Vandross, Kings of Leon, Amy Grant, James Ingram, Jessica Simpson, BeBe & CeCe Winans, Mandy Moore, Gladys Knight and many others.

We have been working with the global Music community for nearly a decade to make this Top Level Domain, .music, THE avenue and THE destination for artists, musicians, songwriters, students, teachers, instrument makers and other music professionals across the globe. Our goal is to connect them, promote them, nurture them, support them, advocate for them and protect their intellectual property and creative rights. Our vision is to give higher flight to their dreams and aspirations from the solid ground of domain identity and security. 

The current choices in TLDs have not offered a space where music can be safeguarded, sustained and enjoyed for the benefit of creators and consumers alike. We want to change that. 

The International Music Council’s “five music rights” guides our values-driven vision: 

The right for or all children and adults: 

  • to express themselves musically in all freedom 

  • to learn musical languages and skills 

  • to have access to musical involvement through 
participation, listening, creation, and information 

The right for all musical artists: 

  • to develop their artistry and communicate through all media, with proper facilities at their disposal 

  • to obtain just recognition and remuneration for their work 

We serve as a nexus between the Music community and the Internet and were founded on the idea of serving the Music community through collaborative management of the .music domain extension.

An Open Letter from The Music Community

Steve Crocker Chairman of the Board  ICANN
12025 Waterfront Drive, Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90094-­‐2536   USA

Fadi Chehadé President and CEO ICANN 
Ocean Financial Centre 
10 Collyer Quay, Level 37-­‐06/10
Singapore 049315

1 July 2014 


Dear Dr. Crocker and Mr. Chehadé 

We write to you on behalf of our respective  national  and  international organisations, each of which is a leading member of the worldwide Music community. Our diverse organisations represent songwriters, recording artists, musicians, music producers, engineers, music publishers, record labels, performing rights societies, music educators, music distributors, managers, musical instrument manufacturers, guilds, national and international music councils that are dedicated to the community and represent more than 1,000 entities in 150 countries around the world. Our members include the people that write, sing, play, nurture, develop, perform, publish, record, manufacture, market, distribute and/or license over 80% of the world's commercial music.  

While the advent of digital services has brought  undeniable  opportunities  and access to music, many of our members have been deeply affected by the breach of intellectual property  rights through widespread copyright infringement. This has led to devastating consequences for the creators of music and the Music community overall.  

We therefore have a strong interest in ensuring that the .MUSIC gTLD operates in a manner that not only encourages innovation, new business models and respect for intellectual property rights, but also enables community involvement and actively works to mitigate copyright infringement. 

In the knowledge that ICANN’s proposed top-­‐level domain expansion could have far reaching  consequences,  many  members  of  our  community  attended  a  series  of 

ICANN public meetings in 2008 to learn more. It was there we were informed that we could protect our values and interests through the endorsement and support of a community applicant for the .MUSIC gTLD, an applicant whose objectives, understanding and values were in alignment with ours. 

ICANN’s Applicant Guidebook (AGB) states:

“…a community can consist of legal entities (for example, an association of suppliers of a particular service), of individuals (for example, a  language community) or of a logical alliance of communities (for example, an international federation of national communities of a similar nature). All are viable as such, provided the requisite awareness and recognition of the community is at hand among the members.”

Accordingly, applying with the “community” designation was not only appropriate and in alignment with the AGB, but also essential for our community. Respect and support for the rights of creators along with fostering the growth and sustainability of the community itself are fundamental principles to which we all adhere and which we share in common. “Music” is our commonly known and understood activity and identity, both within our community and outside of it. In this case, “music” is an exact match. We refer again to the AGB: “’Name’ of the community means the established name by which the community is commonly known by others. It may be, but does not need to be, the name of an organization dedicated to the community.“

None of our organizations felt it would be practical to collectively or individually serve as the registry operator, and we therefore sought to identify one or more third parties that would be deserving of our support to operate the .MUSIC domain in way that respected our values and interests. In 2011, an initial group of 20 organisations representing various  sectors  of the  Music  community worldwide  came  together to issue a detailed request-­‐for-­‐information process, including outreach to all entities that we understood intended to apply for the “music” string. Entities interested in applying for .MUSIC were given the opportunity to provide in-­‐depth written responses regarding their proposed policies and operational plans, followed by in-­‐ person presentations and a round of follow-­‐up questions. We also employed third-­‐ party experts to comment on and help the organisations evaluate the candidates and their   responses.

After several months of review, each of our organisations independently determined that Far Further, whose executives are themselves longstanding members of the Music community, best understood our needs and would operate the .MUSIC registry in accordance with the Music community’s overall interests.

Subsequently, members of the Music community were invited to individually and voluntarily provide support letters for Far Further’s .MUSIC application. Since that time, more than 70 different organisations from around the world, including the undersigned, have endorsed and provided their support to Far Further and/or its subsidiary, .Music LLC. 

Our organisations support .Music LLC/Far Further because the policies contained in their application are in common with our goals of making sure that the .MUSIC gTLD is a safe namespace that respects the values of the Music community.

Most importantly, we do not believe it serves the global public interest for the name of our community to be auctioned off to the highest bidder. 

We wish to make note of the recent European Commission comments of December 16, 2013 regarding community-­‐supported applicants like ours:

The European Commission regards positively the explicit mention in the Auction Rules of the need to "resolve any applicable GAC advice" prior to the participation in the auction process, as part of the applicant's "eligibility" criteria, but regrets the lack of reference to "community applications" or applications with community support, despite the reiterated GAC advice. In this regard the European Commission seizes this opportunity to recall the following passages of recent GAC advice:

"The GAC advises the board that in those cases where a community, which is clearly impacted by a set of new gTLD applications in contention, has  expressed  a  collective  and  clear  opinion  on  those  applications,  such opinion should be duly taken into account, together with all other relevant information." (Beijing Communiqué)

"The GAC reiterates its advice from the Beijing Communiqué regarding preferential  treatment  for  all  applications  which  have  demonstrable community support, while noting community concerns over the high costs for pursuing a Community Objection process as well as over the high threshold for passing Community Priority Evaluation". (Durban Communiqué)


The GAC’s Singapore Communique´ from March 27, 2014 continue this theme:

* “The GAC reiterates its advice from the Beijing and Durban Communiqués regarding preferential treatment for all applications which  have demonstrable community support. The GAC advises ICANN to continue to protect the public interest and improve outcomes for communities, and to work with the applicants in an open and transparent manner in an effort to assist those communities.”


The .Music LLC/Far Further application defines us as its community, identifying our practices, characteristics and core values, setting us apart from all those that are merely interested in, or differently engaged with music.

As leading members of the Music community, the undersigned organisations strongly support community priority for the .MUSIC TLD and strongly support Music LLC/Far Further, to operate that domain as the community’s representative.

Thank you for this opportunity to share our views.


Yours sincerely,

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) 

Association of Independent Music (AIM)

Associação de Editores de Obras Musicais (AEOM) Portugal 

Asociación Colombiana de Editoras de Música (ACODEM) Colombia

Asociación para la Protección de los Derechos Intelectuales sobre Fonogramas y Videogramas Musicales (APDIF) Colombia

Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS) 

Australasian Music Publishers Association (AMPAL) 

Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA)

Bureau International Des Societes Gerant Les Droits D'enrigistrement et de Reproduction Mecanique (BIEM) *

Broadcast Music, Inc (BMI)

Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA)

Chambre Syndicale des Éditeurs de Musique Classique (CEMF) 

France Church Music Publishers Association (CMPA)

Deutsche Musikverleger-­‐Verband (DMV) 

European Music Council

Federazione Editori Musicali (FEM) Italy

Grupul Editorilor de Muzica din Romania (GEMRO) 

Guitar Foundation of America (GFA)

Harry Fox Agency (HFA) US

Independent Music Companies Association (IMPALA) * 

Indian Performing Rights Society (IPRS)

International Confederation of Authors and Composers Societies (CISAC) * 

International Confederation of Music Publishers (ICMP) *

International Federation of Musicians (FIM) * **     

International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) * 

International Music Council (IMC) **

MMGHQ Music Publishing (Cyprus) 

Music Canada

Music Managers Forum (MMF) 

USA Musicians Federation of India    

Music Producers' Guild (MPG) UK/EU

Music Publishing Association Japan (MPAJ) 

Music Publishers Association (UK) Musicians Union UK (MU)

Musikverleger Union Österreich (MUÖ) 

Austria National Association for Music Education (NAfME) 

National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) 

National Music Council of the United States (NMC) 

National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) 

USA National Songwriters Association (NSA/NSAI) 

Phonographic Performance LTD. (PPL) UK

PRS for Music (UK)

Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) 


Société d’Auteurs Belge – Belgische Auteurs Maatschappij (SABAM) 

Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) 

Songwriters Guild of America (SGA)

SoundExchange (USA)

Suomen Musiikkikustantajat ry -­‐ Finnish Music Publishers Association (FMPA) 

Svaz českých hudebních nakladatelů (SCHN ) 

Music Publishers Association of the Czech Republic (Czech Republic)

RICom Publishing (Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina) 

The Recording Academy (The GRAMMY Award Organization)

Uganda Musicians Union (UMU) 

Worldwide Independent Network (WIN)


* Permanent Accredited International NGO Observer at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

** International music NGO in official partnership with UNESCO