Family in Music to launch MgNTa online music identifier
We’ve seen various attempts in recent years to improve the quality of metadata identifying the writers of songs and their splits. Session, for example, has created tools to encourage songwriters to start creating this...
January 18, 2022
ECSA publishes fee and master point guidelines for songwriters
It's a set of 'fee and master point guidelines for songwriters based on case studies and opinions from members DPA, The Ivors Academy and VERSO.
November 24, 2021
Björn Ulvaeus launches ‘Credits Due’ songwriters campaign
Abba's Björn Ulvaeus has kicked off the latest attempt to cure the music industry's metadata headaches, with an initiative called Credits Due.
September 22, 2021
Hipgnosis is launching a new songwriters guild in the US
Hipgnosis founder Merck Mercuriadis has been leading the demands for songs (as opposed to recordings) to get a bigger share of streaming royalties.
September 20, 2021
Startup Algoriffix pitches ‘AI as your co-writer’ technology
We much prefer the idea of creative AIs as a tool for human artists rather than an existential threat. The latest startup touting this idea is Algoriffix, which is developing a system that can be used by musicians, composers...
September 14, 2021
Spotify launches songwriter-focussed playlists and Billie Eilish in-platform artist hub
Spotify seems to have been happy for fans to do their listening on Spotify and to leave the stanning and the fan chatter to happen on other social platforms. It’s possibly partially due to the fear of being seen as creating...
August 2, 2021
Sony Music extends unrecouped balance program to songwriters
Major labels have been taking a shellacking in recent times over artists, contracts and streaming royalties. However, Sony Music’s recent announcement of its ‘Legacy Unrecouped Balance Program’ was welcomed...
July 21, 2021
ECSA offers views on how to fix streaming for songwriters and composers
Covid-19 has been very bad news for songwriters and composers: this we know already from the figures (and warnings about future figures) published by collecting societies in various parts of the world. Now the European...
May 7, 2021
Influence Media buys copyrights of songwriter Ali Tamposi
Influence Media is one of the latest entrants into the catalogue-buying market, having launched its $100m fund in March. The company is making the fact that it was founded by women a key part of its brand: “It’s our...
April 20, 2021
Björn Ulvaeus calls for higher songwriter royalties
‘Today’s pop industry cheats songwriters‘ is quite the headline for a Guardian guest column by one of the biggest songwriters of all. Björn Ulvaeus was writing as he co-launched a report with Midia Research...
April 19, 2021
Meddling’s new songwriter discovery tool is for publishers
Meddling launched in 2015 as an A&R tool for labels, to help them spot emerging artists by crunching data from music consumption across the world. Now it’s trying to do the same thing for publishers with songwriters....
April 8, 2021
Triller finally has a music licensing deal with US publishers
The National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) has had short-video app Triller in its sights for some time now over licensing. However, a deal has finally been struck to end the public hostilities. “NMPA is pleased...
March 25, 2021