Today’s positive coronavirus-related industry news (16 April)
There’s more news from the MusiCares Covid-19 Relief Fund in the US, which has now secured contributions from collecting societies ASCAP, BMI and SESAC. The fund is now past the $10m mark on the back of support from all...
April 16, 2020
BMI seeks to reassure songwriters about future royalties payouts
We reported yesterday on US collecting society ASCAP’s announcement that it was delaying its next set of distributions from 6 April to 28 April. That news is already sparking a reaction from some songwriters online, with...
April 8, 2020
ASCAP delays next royalty payouts and warns of Covid-19 impact
US collecting society ASCAP has been explaining to its members why its next set of royalty distributions will be delayed, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Last week, president Paul Williams alerted members to the fact that...
April 7, 2020
ASCAP launches podcast focusing on music creators
US collecting society ASCAP is getting into the podcasts game. Its first show is called ‘Versed: The ASCAP Podcast’ and will focus on interviews with musicians. Its own chairman and president Paul Williams (who helpfully...
December 6, 2019
New execs for UMPG Nashville, Spotify and ASCAP
The executive chairs are whirling in the US this week, with three new job moves from prominent industry figures. Sony/ATV Nashville’s president and CEO Troy Tomlinson is on the move to Universal Music Publishing Group...
June 18, 2019
ASCAP distributions grew by 10% in 2018 to $1.11bn
The latest collecting society to announced impressive numbers for 2018 is ASCAP in the US. Its total revenues grew by 7% to $1.23bn last year, while its distributions grew by 10% to $1.11bn – the second billion-dollar-plus...
May 2, 2019
BMI and ASCAP publish thoughts on replacing US consent decrees
We reported earlier this week on moves afoot in the US to modernise / replace the longstanding ‘consent decrees’ governing licensing in the US. Now collecting societies BMI and ASCAP have published an open letter setting...
March 1, 2019
US could overhaul its music-licensing rules for publishing
Even as the row over Spotify’s publishing licensing in India rages, so attention is switching back to the US, where the Department of Justice is mulling a shakeup of the long-established ‘consent decrees’. “The Justice...
February 27, 2019
US music bodies welcome progress of Music Modernization Act
The US Music Modernization Act (MMA) has taken its next step towards becoming law, with a unanimous vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee to approve it. Not without changes, however: the National Music Publishers Association...
June 29, 2018
RIAA and NMPA working on their own song-database project
One of the big challenges in any project to build a comprehensive database of music rights is the many cooks involved in such a recipe. Infighting, competition and mutual suspicion aren’t a smooth path to solving this particular...
August 3, 2017
ASCAP / BMI database plans are already sparking a row
ASCAP and BMI are fielding criticism for not including other US performing rights organisations (PROs) in their partnership to create a new database of song rights. Sesac and Global Music Rights are both currently not...
July 31, 2017