Spotify has taken plenty of flak from songwriters over its history, and with its appeal against new royalty rates in the US still not settled, there’ll be more to come we’re sure. However, the streaming service will at least have enjoyed the latest letter to members of US collecting society Ascap from its president and chairman Paul Williams, attached to their writer royalty statements for the first quarter of 2020.
“We continue to work tirelessly to collect revenues and pay you on time,” wrote Williams. “We are especially thankful to Spotify, who in response to the financial hardships of our members during the Covid crisis, agreed to accelerate their payment schedule to Ascap so that we could include Spotify payments ahead of schedule in this October writer distribution and the upcoming December publisher distribution.”
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