Auddly launches #MetadataPays campaign for music creators
Startup Auddly’s service aims to help songwriters and musicians to start creating metadata around their songs from the earliest stages of writing and recording. Now it’s launching a campaign to promote these practices,...
February 26, 2018
Socan promises more transparency with ‘Layla’ royalty system
Canadian PRO Socan has launched a new royalty income and tracking system for customers of its Audiam subsidiary. Called ‘Layla’ (we’re sorry for the guitar-solo earworm you’ll be enjoying all morning now) it’s aimed...
February 6, 2018
Spotify adds songwriting and production credits to its desktop app
Spotify is adding credits for songwriters and producers to songs on its service, although for now they'll only appear within its desktop app. From today, listeners can right-click on a track and choose a 'Show Credits'...
February 2, 2018
40% of new PRS for Music members under 20 identify as women
UK-based collecting society PRS for Music has published some data which it hopes shows encouraging signs of more women taking up careers in songwriting. The society says that 40% of its new members under the age of 20...
December 21, 2017
Spotify courts songwriters with Secret Genius Awards
Spotify is currently facing a renewal of hostilities in its longstanding issues around mechanical-licensing in the US, with National Music Publishers Association boss David Israelite recently describing the situation as “a...
September 29, 2017
RIAA says it *does* support attribution rights for songwriters
The RIAA has responded to criticism over its stance on ‘moral rights’ for songwriters, saying that it is “puzzled” by the claim that it is against better credits. “We wholeheartedly believe that all creators...
August 29, 2017
Loudr boss: Spotify songwriter settlement is just a ‘speeding ticket’
When Spotify agreed a $43.4m deal in May this year to settle a class-action suit brought against it over mechanical royalty payments – in a case combining lawsuits filed by David Lowery and Melissa Ferrick – it was no...
August 16, 2017
Paperchain launches survey on unattributed music royalties
Startup Paperchain has launched a survey to gauge the scale of the music industry’s problem with unattributed royalties and unidentified rights owners. The company is hoping to receive responses from publishers, labels,...
July 21, 2017
Songwriter and publishing issues rear up again for Spotify
Did you think that Spotify’s recent settlement of a class-action songwriters lawsuit over mechanical royalties and licensing would be an end to the streaming service’s challenges in that area of the business? In a...
July 19, 2017
‘Fake’ Spotify artists aren’t a scandal… but they ARE food for thought
It turns out that ‘fake artists on Spotify' is actually fake news. Or to put it more accurately: those artists are actually real, human songwriters and producers putting music out under pseudonyms, with those tracks...
July 11, 2017
Royalty Exchange raises $6.4m in new funding
Songwriter-rights marketplace Royalty Exchange has announced a $6.4m convertible-note funding round, after having originally sought $3m. The company says that songwriters have earned more than $3.8m so far this year by...
June 20, 2017
Sony/ATV boss calls for songwriter credits in streaming
We’re used to royalties being the main point of friction between songwriters and streaming services. However, Sony/ATV boss Martin Bandier has turned the focus onto another topic: credits. As part of his speech accepting...
June 15, 2017