“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
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.
October 12, 2018
Spotify encourages songwriters to get their metadata sorted
The legal clarification comes early in Spotify for Artists’ blog post about metadata: “This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide legal or accounting advice. Those...
August 20, 2018
Royalty Exchange launches valuation app for songwriters
Zillow is the website whose features start with providing an estimate for the value of your house, to help you gauge whether to sell or rent it out (which the site can also help with). Now music firm Royalty Exchange has launched...
August 6, 2018
PRS for Music signs long-term licensing deal with Auddly
Individual executives from British collecting society PRS for Music have been publicly complimentary about metadata-creating startup Auddly in recent months. Now that relationship has been formalised. PRS has signed a...
June 27, 2018
Auddly launches #MetadataPays campaign for music creators
Startup Auddly’s service aims to help songwriters and musicians to start creating metadata around their songs from the earliest stages of writing and recording. Now it’s launching a campaign to promote these practices,...
February 26, 2018
Socan promises more transparency with ‘Layla’ royalty system
Canadian PRO Socan has launched a new royalty income and tracking system for customers of its Audiam subsidiary. Called ‘Layla’ (we’re sorry for the guitar-solo earworm you’ll be enjoying all morning now) it’s aimed...
February 6, 2018
Spotify adds songwriting and production credits to its desktop app
Spotify is adding credits for songwriters and producers to songs on its service, although for now they'll only appear within its desktop app. From today, listeners can right-click on a track and choose a 'Show Credits'...
February 2, 2018