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...
November 6, 2019
‘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...
September 11, 2019
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,...
June 25, 2019
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...
June 24, 2019
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...
June 14, 2019
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...
May 31, 2019
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...
May 24, 2019
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:...
May 21, 2019
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...
May 9, 2019
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...
May 9, 2019
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...
May 2, 2019
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...
April 30, 2019