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
Cisac launches its long-awaited upgrade of ISWC system
This morning is the big unveiling for a new version of the ‘ISWC’ system of codes identifying music works, which global collecting societies body Cisac says will “improve the accuracy, speed and efficiency...
September 24, 2020
Kanye West on contracts campaign: ‘I will help set precedents’
The music industry may still be picking its way through Kanye West’s self-leaked Universal Music Group deals, but West is making it clear that his campaign around artist contracts is more than just a moment on Twitter....
September 24, 2020
BMI sets new revenue and distribution records despite Covid-19
We’re in a peculiar time right now, where despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on individual musicians’ incomes, we’re also seeing announcements by industry bodies, major music companies and collecting...
September 10, 2020
Boiler Room brings mixes to Apple Music – and DJs get paid
For a long time, DJ mixes were a no-no on most music-streaming services due to the complexities of licensing such material. That left an opportunity for services like SoundCloud (where mixes could be uploaded but didn’t...
August 20, 2020
Watch for YouTube impact of Facebook’s music videos move
Let us take you back on a short tour of Facebook music-video speculation. Start in 2012 when reports claimed Vevo – then the key aggregator of music videos – was in talks to ditch YouTube in favour of a partnership...
July 15, 2020
Universal Music hails China sales success for Linong Chen
The major western music companies are, it’s fair to say, very keen to expand their foothold in the Chinese music industry. From beefing up their offices in China to taking investment from its digital industry’s...
June 22, 2020
NMPA boss promises big fight over ‘CRB IV’ streaming rates
It’s not just Twitch that’s rousing NMPA boss David Israelite again this week. He’s also been talking to Rolling Stone about the rate-setting process for mechanical streaming songwriter royalties in the...
June 16, 2020
Swedish collecting society STIM’s revenues grew 15% in 2019
STIM is the main collecting society in Sweden, and like many of its counterparts around the world, it enjoyed healthy growth in its royalty collections last year. According to its annual report, STIM’s revenues grew...
June 12, 2020
NMPA reveals US publishing revenues grew by 11.6% in 2019
US publishing body the NMPA held its annual meeting yesterday – the first time it’s been online. It included some new stats from president and CEO David Israelite. He revealed that US publishing industry revenues...
June 11, 2020
French PRO Sacem launches a royalties scheme for livestreams
Artists and DJs are turning to livestreaming in their thousands during the Covid-19 pandemic. Some of the music being played is generating royalties through licences negotiated by the livestreaming platforms, but a lot of...
June 10, 2020