Getty Images and Sony/ATV partner for pre-cleared music library

In keeping with its promise to provide “music for every project and every budget,” Getty Images has signed an exclusive agreement with Sony/ATV Music Publishing to license and distribute its expansive Spin City library.

Custom-created for Sony/ATV, the collection includes everything from R&B, soul, jazz, urban and hip hop to classical and orchestral music performed by some of the leading producers and session players in New York City. It joins the Pump Audio and Premium Playlist collections already available to Getty Images’ customers at, which currently houses over 100,000 pre-cleared original tracks.

“Through the expansion of our music offerings and with the addition of the Sony/ATV catalog, Getty Images continues to strengthen our positioning in the global media environment as a leading digital media content provider,” says Jonathan Klein, Getty Images Co-Founder & CEO.

Indeed, the business of streamlined licensing has grown significantly in the last five years as online content providers, filmmakers and broadcasters find themselves in greater need of pre-cleared images, video footage and music. Combining the might of Getty, which acquired WireImage in 2007 for $200 million, with that of a respected publishing house like Sony/ATV, representing some of the world’s biggest independent artists and bands for use in motion pictures, film production, broadcast, advertising and new media, points to a match made in rights heaven.

Expect to hear more about the deal later today as day 2 of the THR/Billboard Film and TV Music Conference wraps up in Century City.