Tag: songwriters

Read More

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.
Read More

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.
Read More

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...
Read More

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...
Read More

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...
Read More

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...
Read More

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...
Read More

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...
Read More

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....
Read More

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...
Read More

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...
Read More

‘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:...