Tag: digital royalties
Covid-19 to ‘wipe out’ five years of songwriter royalties growth
Good morning! It's us again, bringing you a whopping serving of bad news. Well, there are positive things in global collecting societies body Cisac's latest annual report too, for last year, but the organisation makes it...
October 28, 2020
Justice at Spotify campaign takes aim at streaming service
Spotify is firmly in the sights of a new artist-focused campaign launched by the Union of Musicians and Allied Workers (UMAW) in the US. Called 'Justice at Spotify', it's a series of demands for the streaming service. They...
October 27, 2020
Hipgnosis boss criticises labels for songwriter royalties
Merck Mercuriadis isn't just snapping up catalogues left, right and centre for his Hipgnosis Songs Fund; he's also wading in to the debate about musicians' streaming royalties. Well, more accurately: he's responded to...
October 19, 2020
British parliament launches inquiry into economics of music streaming
For several months, the #BrokenRecord campaign in the UK has been calling for the government to step in to the debate about musicians’ streaming royalties. Today, there’s been a significant announcement on that front. No,...
October 15, 2020
Ex Spotify exec on artist payouts: ‘The blame is on the labels’
Until February this year, Tristan Jehan was Spotify's director of research. As part of an interview promoting his latest job as VP of technology at TechnoArt in Israel, he's offered some spicy views on the artist streaming...
September 9, 2020
DiMA report hails music streaming’s impact in the US
The US-based Digital Media Association (DiMA) is the lobbying body for music streaming services from companies including Amazon, Apple, Pandora, Spotify and YouTube. Its new 'Streaming Forward' report – produced with...
August 28, 2020
Good Splits is a streaming royalty calculator for musicians
A new site called Good Splits is promising to help musicians "quickly and easily calculate royalties from aggregator services". The idea being that they can not just see how much they're earning, but also split the revenues...
August 26, 2020
The mystery of Tasmin Little’s missing Spotify royalties
Pitchfork's article about 'how musicians are fighting for streaming pay during the pandemic' isn't new: it was originally published in June. However, after the site re-shared it on Twitter yesterday with some stats on classical...
August 25, 2020
US appeals court knocks back CRB’s songwriter royalty rates
When Amazon, Google, Pandora and Spotify appealed against new, higher songwriter royalty rates set by the US Copyright Royalty Board (CRB), it sparked fury in the publishing community. Get set for another outbreak: the US...
August 11, 2020
Meet CISAC’s new president, ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus: ‘I’ll be outspoken!’
CISAC is the global body representing collecting societies. Its last president was Jean-Michel Jarre, and before him it was Robin Gibb from the Bee Gees. Big shoes to fill for its next president, right? Step forward......
May 29, 2020
#BrokenRecord: ‘It’s about saying we all recognise this is problematic’
The #BrokenRecord campaign started by musician Tom Gray in the UK is gathering steam. Next Sunday (24 May) will see an online Tim's Twitter Listening Party Festival allied to the campaign, which is calling for changes to...
May 18, 2020
What are user-centric music streaming payouts? Start here…
This is an edited version of an article that appeared in Music Ally's Q1 2020 report. In the light of the current #BrokenRecord campaign around music industry economics – see our piece last week for more on that – we...
May 13, 2020