Music in the Metaverse Challenge showcases four new startups
Music Ally has been covering music in the metaverse – the intersection of music with games and virtual worlds – for a long time now.
August 29, 2022
ASCAP collected record $1.34bn in 2021 despite Covid-19 pandemic
2021 was the year the Covid-19 pandemic’s impact on music was expected to be felt most strongly for many songwriters, but what about collecting societies.
March 2, 2022
Ascap reveals startups for Immersive Music Studio Challenge
Ascap Lab is following up its 'seed project' challenge with an ‘Immersive Music Studio Challenge’, aimed at music/tech startups and university teams.
July 29, 2021
Ascap collections grew by 4.2% in 2020 to more than $1.3bn
The publishing side of our industry has been holding its breath waiting for data on the delayed impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, particularly on the revenues collected and distributed by collecting societies. Judging by US...
March 10, 2021
Publishers and PROs ‘disappointed’ as US consent decrees are unchanged
The US Justice Department has decided to leave the ‘consent decrees’ governing public performances of music unchanged, sparking an unimpressed response from publishers and collecting societies there. This is the legislation...
January 18, 2021
Ascap Lab Seed Project reveals first projects from its teams
The more music industry entities working hands-on with startups and developers the better, as far as we're concerned. The latest example is US collecting society Ascap, whose innovation arm Ascap Lab has been running an...
October 7, 2020
Ascap thanks Spotify for accelerated payments during Covid-19
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...
October 6, 2020
ASCAP launches paid internship program for Black students
US collecting society ASCAP has launched a new paid internship program for students at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Five students will work for ASCAP (remotely) during July and August, with plans...
June 22, 2020
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