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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...
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Hipgnosis Songs Fund raises $185m to buy more songwriting catalogues

In Nile Rodgers’ NPR interview about CRB-rates appeals, he also mentioned the Hipgnosis Songs Fund in the UK as something that has “demonstrated to the financial community that hit songs are as investable financial instruments...
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Nile Rodgers: ‘Do not bite the hand that brings you your subscribers’

Artist and producer Nile Rodgers, of Chic, is famously one of the nicest people in the music industry – so finding yourself on his wrong side isn’t a fun position to be in. Rodgers has explained why he co-signed last...
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“You have used us and tried to divide us”: songwriters’ open letter to Spotify

Spotify is not the only streaming service to appeal the royalty rates set recently by the Copyright Royalty Board – Google, Pandora and Amazon are also appealing – but it is the one taking the most heat. David Israelite...
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Publishers planning own ‘town hall’ event on CRB rates appeals

Spotify is rumoured (although not, as yet, confirmed) to be holding some ‘town-hall’ events to explain to songwriters why it’s appealing against new royalty rates set by the US Copyright Royalties Board (CRB). Now publishing/songwriting...
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Sony/ATV boss encourages songwriters to protest CRB-rates appeal

Apple’s decision to bring Spotify’s songwriter-royalties appeal into the two companies’ dispute over App Store policies shows that the gloves are truly off. But publishers, too, are continuing to have their say about...
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PRS for Music publishes new date on women songwriters

We wrote earlier this month about data published by Spotify showing how few of its top 50 songs in Norway last year involved women songwriters or producers. Now British collecting society PRS for Music has put out some numbers...
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Spotify launches analytics for music publishers

Streaming service Spotify has analytics for labels and distributors, and separately for artists and their managers. Spot who's missing? Publishers - and by extension, songwriters. At least they were missing until now. This...
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Industry cheers as Music Modernization Act is signed into law in US

It is no surprise that the music business has been cheering the Music Modernization Act as it was signed into law by President Trump yesterday.