In 1927 the NMPA established the Harry Fox Agency 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, licensees, and a broad spectrum of music users. HFA represents over 48,000 affiliated publishers and is often one of the first places licensees go when they need a license.
The HFA is the leading provider of rights management, licensing, and royalty services for the U.S. music industry with authority to license, collect, and distribute royalties on behalf of musical copyright owners. In addition, the HFA provides affiliated publishers with the opportunity to participate in other types of licensing arrangements including lyrics, guitar tablatures, background music services and more.