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
ASCAP and BMI to work on joint musical-works database
The latest initiative to tackle the music industry’s metadata problems is a collaboration between American PROs ASCAP and BMI. Focused on the US - put away those ‘Global Repertoire Database’ comparisons now please...
July 27, 2017
ASCAP says YouTube deal will boost its video payouts
When YouTube appointed Lyor Cohen as its head of music – and again recently when it poached SoundCloud content boss Stephen Bryan – there were cautious hopes expressed within the music industry that Google’s video service...
June 14, 2017
ASCAP, SACEM and PRS for Music launch joint blockchain project
Music collecting societies ASCAP, SACEM and PRS for Music are teaming up for an ambitious partnership based on blockchain technology. The societies said the project will "prototype a new shared system of managing authoritative...
April 7, 2017
Flits is a livestreaming app focused on music
We’ve been writing regularly about livestreaming video apps, from Twitter’s Periscope and Facebook’s ‘Live’ feature to startups like YouNow, Live.me and Musical.ly’s Live.ly. Flits is another one for the list,...
December 7, 2016
Department of Justice appeals consent-decree decision
The US Department of Justice’s push for ‘100% licensing’ in the US music-publishing sector has been met with fury by publishers. Unsurprisingly, then, its decision to appeal a September ruling barring the change hasn’t...
November 14, 2016