Publishers planning own ‘town hall’ event on CRB rates appeals


Spotify is rumoured (although not, as yet, confirmed) to be holding some ‘town-hall’ events to explain to songwriters why it’s appealing against new royalty rates set by the US Copyright Royalties Board (CRB).

Now publishing/songwriting bodies the NMPA and NSAI are planning their own event to tackle the topic from their perspective. It’ll take place on 10 April in Nashville.

The bodies say that it’ll be a “fair and open discussion” and are inviting Spotify, Amazon, Pandora and Google – the four streaming services appealing the new rates – to send representatives along. “We think Spotify had a great idea,” NMPA president and CEO David Israelite told Billboard. “As the date we have heard that might happen has come and gone, we thought we would invite them and other digital companies to come to ours and they will have equal time.”

Stuart Dredge

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