Tools: Jaxsta. The music industry’s official list of who did what.
Noting how the music industry lacked an equivalent to what the film industry had with IMDb – and also how it was missing a verified source of data from across the music supply chain – Jacqui Louez Schoorl, with a background...
June 11, 2020
Sandbox Issue 254: The Rise of Music Podcasts
Lead: If you aren’t making or appearing on a podcast, do you actually exist? Even with DSPs and record labels investing in them heavily and building whole podcasting divisions, there is still the issue of licensing music...
June 10, 2020
Norwegian collecting society TONO warns of Covid-19 hit
TONO in Norway is the latest collecting society to report positive figures for 2019, but also a warning about the hit to songwriters’ and publishers’ revenues in 2020 from Covid-19. The society’s revenues...
June 5, 2020
Today’s positive coronavirus-related industry news (18 May)
Industry body Songwriters of North America (SONA) has launched a new hardship fund for songwriters, which will distribute emergency grants of $1k to creators hit by the Covid-19 pandemic’s economic impact. The new...
May 18, 2020
Keep Music Alive campaign aims to ‘fix streaming now’
The UK's Musicians' Union and The Ivors Academy have teamed up for a campaign called 'Keep Music Alive' which the two organisations say "aims to ‘fix streaming’ and calls for industry stakeholders to come together to...
May 11, 2020
Tom Gray calls for 25% rise for streaming subscriptions
Musician Tom Gray, who’s also on the boards of PRS for Music and the Ivors Academy, has been raising a rumpus on Twitter recently with a campaign hashtagged #BrokenRecord, focusing on the inequities of streaming and...
April 30, 2020
ASCAP delays next royalty payouts and warns of Covid-19 impact
US collecting society ASCAP has been explaining to its members why its next set of royalty distributions will be delayed, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Last week, president Paul Williams alerted members to the fact that...
April 7, 2020
Love ISN’T in the air as DSPs’ US royalty-rates appeal kicks off
David Israelite, president of the National Music Publishers Association in the US, has never been a man to pull his verbal punches when taking digital services to task. “Songwriters: This week, Spotify and Amazon are...
March 10, 2020
I Heart Songwriting Club interview: ‘There is no ceiling to this!’
“I was having panic attacks. I was completely anxious and stuck, because I wasn’t doing the thing I wanted to do. I struggled to write songs: I judged every idea as boring and not good enough, and that stopped me writing...
March 10, 2020
Spotify launches ‘songwriter pages’ feature in beta
Spotify is launching a new feature aimed at songwriters, giving them their own profile pages on the streaming service, complete with playlists of recordings of their songs. ‘Songwriter Pages’ launches in beta today,...
February 12, 2020
Composer Simon Darlow takes aim at buyout contracts
Composer and songwriter Simon Darlow’s writing credits include songs for Grace Jones and Shirley Bassey as well as TV shows such as Top Gear and the BBC News. He is also a vociferous opponent of buyout contracts, where...
February 5, 2020
Songtrust royalty collections have grown by nearly 250% in 2019
Royalty-collecting startup Songtrust is finishing 2019 by revealing some new figures on the growth of its business and the creators it represents. The company, which is a subsidiary of Downtown Music, says that the royalties...
December 20, 2019