Portishead test SoundCloud ‘fan-powered royalties’ with Abba cover
The guiding principle of user-centric royalties is that the winners don't take it all; that the money, money, money is shared out more fairly; that the name of the game is to pay more to artists as a thank you for the music...
July 9, 2021
SoundCloud clarifies revenue share from ‘fan-powered royalties’
Earlier this week we reported on a SoundCloud interview with Vice that suggested the company would be taking a 45% cut from its new ‘fan-powered royalties’ (user-centric) system. The company has since revealed...
March 11, 2021
SoundCloud will take 45% cut of ‘fan-powered royalties’
When SoundCloud announced plans to launch user-centric (or in its terms, ‘fan-powered’) payouts recently, it didn’t say how the system would affect its share of revenues. Now the company has revealed that...
March 9, 2021
Martin Goldschmidt: ‘Why I have come round to the user-centric model’ (guest column)
User-centric payouts has been bubbling on the fringes of the music industry for years as an issue. The first time I took it seriously was at an industry board meeting last year – no names! – where we got two presentations...
March 3, 2021
SoundCloud goes user-centric with its ‘fan-powered royalties’
Rumours that SoundCloud would become the first big music streaming service to adopt user-centric payouts were correct. The company has just announced plans for what it's calling 'fan-powered royalties'. The system won't...
March 2, 2021
Major labels talk user-centric payouts and equitable remuneration
Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music had their say at the UK’s streaming economics inquiry yesterday: if you missed it last night, here’s our report on their session. But yesterday the parliamentary committee...
February 24, 2021
Could SoundCloud beat other DSPs to user-centric payouts?
Billboard bagged an exciting-sounding exclusive on Friday: “SoundCloud to let fans pay artists directly“. However, the details on what, how and when are very much still to be decided, it turns out. “A source...
February 8, 2021
French study offers new data on impact of user-centric payouts
One of the things that’s been clear in the debate about user-centric models for paying out streaming royalties – primer here if you need it – is that we need more studies based on recent data from big streaming...
January 28, 2021
Justice at Spotify campaign takes aim at streaming service
Spotify is firmly in the sights of a new artist-focused campaign launched by the Union of Musicians and Allied Workers (UMAW) in the US. Called 'Justice at Spotify', it's a series of demands for the streaming service. They...
October 27, 2020
#BrokenRecord campaign reveals results of streaming survey
The UK-based #BrokenRecord campaign has been agitating on the issue of musicians’ streaming royalties for several months. Now it has published the results of a survey of 2,069 British adults, weighted to be representative...
October 13, 2020
Deezer still pushing for user-centric payouts: ‘We will continue fighting…’
Just over a year ago, music streaming service Deezer announced its desire to launch a pilot of a 'user-centric payment system' (UCPS) by early 2020. You can read our primer on the user-centric model here, but in a nutshell,...
October 1, 2020