Tag: digital royalties
Songwriters on the march as US royalties hearing kicks off
The issue of streaming royalties for songwriters has been almost constantly in the news over the past couple of years, but this week it’s really seizing the spotlight thanks to the start of a crucial court hearing to decide...
March 9, 2017
AMRA signs ole partnership and talks Japan, PROs disruption
Kobalt-owned global digital collecting society AMRA has announced its latest deal: with independent music rights management company ole. The partnership will see AMRA licensing the performing and mechanical rights for...
February 3, 2017
Spotify may persuade labels to reduce royalties share
The Financial Times ran an interesting feature yesterday on “how streaming saved the music industry”, but the part that made us sit up came fairly low down in the piece. “With the IPO looming, Spotify is trying to trim...
January 17, 2017
Now BMI has fallen out with the RMLC over radio royalties
The Radio Music Licensing Committee (RMLC) ended 2016 in a dispute with Irving Azoff’s Global Music Rights (GMR) over the royalties paid by the 10,000 US radio stations that it represents. It’s now beginning 2017 with...
January 4, 2017
Downtown Music Publishing talks rates, tech and the power of the song
“Publishers today are playing an extraordinary part in the artist development ecosystem. Yet the remuneration for our involvement, when the record companies are paid so much more than we are for a stream, is not where we...
December 2, 2016
SoundCloud: ‘We’re sharing more revenue with more people’
SoundCloud is certainly sharing its revenues with more people, having struck licensing deals with labels and publishers in the last year. However, the company’s latest claim focuses on creators: the musicians uploading...
November 17, 2016
Tinie Tempah and Ne-Yo talk streaming, Beyoncé and songwriter royalties
The sharp irony of free music is that it can break artists but it cannot sustain them. That was the subtext of much of what musician Tinie Tempah said during his appearance at the Web Summit conference in Lisbon. Tempah...
November 13, 2016
Indies to get bigger share of UK ‘black box’ income says AIM
At her last public event as boss of British indies trade body AIM, Alison Wenham has revealed that independent labels will be getting a significant windfall from changes in the way collecting society PPL distributes ‘black...
October 28, 2016
Eight things we learned about ‘dissecting the digital dollar’ in music
A year ago, the Music Managers' Forum (MMF) published its initial Dissecting the Digital Dollar report, exploring the impact that digital music in general – and streaming in particular – is having on the musician and...
October 6, 2016
Confusion over streams’ royalty status continues
Are streams ‘sales’ or ‘transmissions’? This particular grey area has never really been settled, even though the implications for the industry – a ‘sale’ implies a 15% royalty rate for artists while a ‘transmission’...
September 30, 2016
100×30: from 30-second streaming protests to a world record
This guest column comes from Mark Christopher Lee from British band The Pocket Gods, creator of the 100×30 project. “It’s just over a year ago since I read a newspaper article that has changed my musical life...
September 12, 2016
Swedish songwriters form Music Rights Awareness Foundation
A trio of famous Swedish songwriters have launched the latest attempt to bring more transparency to the world of music rights. ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus is joined by Max Martin and Niclas Molinder in the initiative, which...
September 12, 2016