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
Songtrust trumpets growth with 3m songs and 350k songwriters
Songtrust has revealed some new stats showing the growth of its business, both in terms of the songs that it collects royalties for, and the songwriters who it’s paying those royalties out to. The new numbers: 3m...
March 3, 2021
‘I know songwriters that are driving Ubers or Amazon trucks’
UK broadcaster Radio 4 turned its attention to the debate around songwriters’ streaming royalties yesterday. You can listen to the segment in full here if you’re in the UK. Among the moments being talked about:...
March 3, 2021
Apple Music launches ‘Behind the Songs’ songwriters section
Apple Music has a new hub focusing on songwriters, producers and session musicians. It’s called ‘Behind the Songs‘ and launched on Friday as a home for related playlists like ‘Songbook’ and ‘Behind...
March 1, 2021
‘The song value has been suppressed… because of the industry mechanics’
Yesterday's second session at the UK's parliamentary inquiry into the economics of music streaming was another double-header, featuring representatives of musicians. Graham Davies is chief executive of songwriters body...
February 11, 2021
Spotify launches Noteable website gathering songwriter resources
Spotify launched a songwriters hub on its service last December, gathering playlists and podcasts by or about the songwriting community. Now it's launching a dedicated site, called Noteable, for those songwriters. The...
February 10, 2021
Spotify opens songwriters hub and preps South Korea launch
“It’s hard to overstate the importance of songwriters to the music-making process. They’re responsible for the lyrics, melodies, beats and chords that make up the songs we love,” is how Spotify opened its...
December 18, 2020
Indie label The Other Songs carves out new songwriter royalty
How can songwriters take a bigger share of streaming royalties? British independent label The Other Songs is trying one idea: carving out a new ‘TOS Writer Royalty’ for the songwriters of tracks that it releases....
December 7, 2020