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
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...
April 15, 2019
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...
April 15, 2019
“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...
April 10, 2019
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...
March 27, 2019
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...
March 15, 2019
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...
March 11, 2019
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...
November 8, 2018