Publishing

Martin Bandier On Songwriter Revenue, Recognition In The Streaming Age [Weekly Music Publishing Update]

At the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) Centennial Annual Meeting in New York this month, Sony/ATV CEO Martin Bandier was awarded the Life Service Award. In his speech, he spoke about how songwriters and music publishers are not given their fair share of revenue and recognition in the wake of…

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5 Key Things To Know About Music Licensing

Sync licensing has become one of the most important ways for artists to earn an income off of their recorded music, but many artists are still in the dark as to what it is, or how it can directly benefit them. Here we look at the top five things all…

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Slicing The Pie: The Opportunities, Challenges Of Multi-Credit Copyright

Although music publishers are turning up the heat on streaming services to add songwriting credits to their track listings, the nature of music collaboration makes this a difficult feat, however methods for untangling such multi-credit messes are emerging. ____________________ Guest post by Benom Plumb of Royalty Exchange The following is…

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Royalty Exchange Adds $6.4 Million Funding, 3 Industry Veterans To Advisory Board

Royalty Exchange, a digital marketplace for royalties, has secured $6.4 million in funding, as well as added three new industry veterans to its board of advisors. The company had been seeking to raise $3 million, but said it increased its offering due to demand. Royalty Exchange provides a platform for…

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YouTube, ASCAP Make A Deal

Long the target of criticism from musicians for its unfair revenue split and complete failure to pay some artists and publishers, YouTube recently sign a deal with ASCAP wherebye the PRO will share songwriter information with the popular video sharing site, meaning ASCAP artists could see some, albeit it not…

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Spotify’s Songwriter Charm Offensive Falls Short In Sweden

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Anatomy Of A Hit: What Does It Take To Make The Perfect Summer Jam?

Although the music industry may seem tumultuous and ever changing, the Song of the Summer remains a consistent annual event. Here we look at what components allow these giants of industry to emerge above their peers and dominate the summer charts. _________________________ Guest post by Emily Blake of Next Big…

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Drake Wins Sampling Case Over Fair Use, Music Licensing Still A Mess

In a landmark case from the muddled world of music copyright, Drake has managed to win a case regarding music sampling on the ground of fair use, something which almost never happens, although this case still serves to highly the continued madness of copyright licensing and the rules surrounding it….

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Spotify Launches Secret Genius To Celebrate Songwriters, Producers

Spotify has launched Secret Genius, an effort to highlight the contribution songwriters and producers make to music. Credits for songwriters, producers and additional musicians which once appeared in liner notes on albums and CDs are missing from music streams and most downloads. ________________________________________ Just days after settling the Melissa Ferrick…

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Murky Licensing Evident As Spotify Settles After Failure To Obtain Mechanical Licenses

The recent conclusion of Melisa Ferrick and David Lowery’s class action lawsuit against Spotify served to highlight the swampy mess that is the world of music licensing today, as well as show that copyright law has done a poor job of adapting to technological advancements in the music industry, writes…

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