Tag: songwriters

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PRS for Music launches a data dashboard for songwriters

PRS for Music is the latest company to join the analytics bonanza with the launch yesterday (5 November) of a bespoke royalty dashboard for writers, their managers and publishers. It is available to all PRS members through...
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‘All levers need pulling’ to make streaming work for songwriters

The debate about whether songwriters aren’t getting their fair share of music-streaming royalties – and for many of them, whether their craft is sustainable at all – continues. Midia Research boss Mark Mulligan has written...
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Music podcast ‘And The Writer Is…’ passes 2m downloads

One of the quirks of the podcasts market in 2019 is that ‘downloads’ is still an important metric, even as the likes of Spotify and Pandora have made ‘streams’ a bigger part of the market. Still, downloads count,...
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Spotify’s relationship with publishers hits the rocks – again

A new Spotify / music publishing story broke on Friday, but there’s a bigger picture here: the increasingly-dispiriting story of the streaming service’s approach towards the publishing community, as well as the perception...
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Ryan Tedder slams artists who take undeserved songwriting credits

Complaints about artists taking an unmerited share of songwriting royalties on songs written for them aren’t new: the phrase ‘change a word, get a third’ has been around for years. Now songwriter Ryan Tedder has come...
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Elena Segal on Apple Music and improving payments to songwriters

MBW has an interview with Elena Segal, Apple Music’s global director of music publishing, and asks her about the reasoning behind setting up a dedicated publishing division in the company, why Apple accepted the recent...
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Spotify’s global head of publishing is stepping down

2019 thus far has been a nadir in Spotify’s relationships with music publishers. Certainly in the US, where its decision to appeal (alongside several other streaming services) against new songwriter royalty rates has sparked...
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Arctic Rights Management hits 2.5bn streams milestone

Since it was founded in 2018, Norwegian music firm Arctic Rights Management has built a roster of 30 songwriters and artists, while also representing various publishing catalogues. The company has just announced a milestone:...
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Create Music Group’s new app will manage songwriting splits

Music firm Create Music Group has launched a new app aimed at songwriters. It’s called ‘Splits’ and it aims to help writers nail down the royalty-splits for their work as early as possible in the process. The promise...
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MMF wants to ‘shine a light’ on songwriter streaming royalties

The UK’s Music Managers Forum (MMF) has published a new guide, in partnership with CMU, focusing on songwriter royalties. It claims that “inefficient payment systems are drastically reducing the royalties that creators...
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Martin Bandier says Spotify CRB appeal is ‘dumbest PR move ever’

Spotify continues to take the most flak from the US music-publishing community over its recent decision to appeal against new songwriter royalty-rates set by the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) – co-appealers Pandora, Google...
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Spotify CFO predicts ‘long, drawn-out’ CRB-rates appeal

Spotify’s decision (alongside other streaming services) to appeal against new songwriter-royalty rates set by the US Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) has caused fury among the music-publishing community. It’s unlikely to...