NMPA warns streaming services to respect 44% royalty-rise
A recent ruling by the US Copyright Royalty Board set out the royalty rates that on-demand music-streaming services must pay songwriters over the next five years. The key figure: a 44% rise in those royalties over that period....
February 7, 2019
Songtrust signs publishing-administration deal with Audiomack
Earlier this month, we reported on youth-focused streaming service Audiomack’s growth from 400,000 daily active users a year ago to 1.5 million now. That has put it higher on the radar of music-industry rightsholders, so...
January 24, 2019
CD Baby becomes ‘preferred’ distributor for SACM in Mexico
Distribution firm CD Baby has inked an interesting deal with publishing-rights organisation SACM in Mexico. “CD Baby will be offering free standard submissions to all registered SACM members,” explained the distributor....
January 23, 2019
Downtown Music boss: ‘Music is everywhere… Music licensing tries to keep up’
From songwriters suing streaming services to big-bucks catalogue acquisitions, the music-publishing world has made plenty of headlines in recent years. Downtown Music Publishing CEO Justin Kalifowitz suggested that publishing...
January 22, 2019
Sony/ATV boss sees more publishing consolidation ahead
Publisher Sony/ATV’s boss Martin Bandier is stepping down in March, but in an interview with the Financial Times he has hinted strongly that he isn’t ready for a quiet retirement just yet. “I can’t picture myself...
January 2, 2019
Report 419: The 40 Trends of 2018
“May you live in interesting times,” runs the old Chinese curse. The music industry has certainly done that, through the last two decades of digital disruption. Typical to form, 2018 was very interesting indeed. For our...
December 20, 2018
Songwriter Sam Barsh publishes ‘shocking’ royalty figures
From the outside, Sam Barsh looks like a pretty successful songwriter, with credits on more than 100 songs including tracks by Kendrick Lamar, Anderson.Paak and Logic. But in a post on Facebook, he has published royalty figures...
November 20, 2018
Spotify launches analytics for music publishers
Streaming service Spotify has analytics for labels and distributors, and separately for artists and their managers. Spot who's missing? Publishers - and by extension, songwriters. At least they were missing until now. This...
November 8, 2018
Sentric to help dance producers get their songwriting royalties
British music-rights firm Sentric Music thinks that dance producers are missing out on royalties from the tracks that they’ve worked on – specifically publishing royalties from their songwriting contributions. Now it’s...
October 9, 2018
Euro songwriters body comes out against Sony / EMI deal
The European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) is the latest industry body to come out against Sony’s plan to take full control of EMI Music Publishing. The deal has been ‘notified’ to the European Commission,...
October 9, 2018
UK songwriters’ body Basca opposes Sony / EMI acquisition plans
The European Commission is considering the competition implications of Sony’s move to take full control of EMI Music Publishing, and as we reported last month, independent body Impala has come out strongly against the plans....
October 1, 2018
Spotify encourages songwriters to get their metadata sorted
The legal clarification comes early in Spotify for Artists’ blog post about metadata: “This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide legal or accounting advice. Those...
August 20, 2018