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March 9, 2020

David Israelite to Songwriters: Court Case With Spotify, Amazon Has ‘Seismic Implications’

This week, Spotify and Amazon are quite literally taking you to court. A great deal of the business of how much you get paid happens in a room a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol. Every five years a board of three judges sets your royalty rates for mechanical uses – including those in interactive streaming like Spotify and Amazon. Two years ago, in January of 2018, after months of argument, those judges gave you a 44% raise.
May 30, 2019

SONGWRITERS AND PUBLISHERS SHOULD NEVER BE AN AFTERTHOUGHT FOR DIGITAL SERVICES.’

This month marks a year since Elena Segal, a widely respected figure in music industry circles, was appointed as Apple Music’s first ever Global Director of […]
May 30, 2019

METADATA IS THE BIGGEST LITTLE PROBLEM PLAGUING THE MUSIC INDUSTRY

Recently, a musician signed to a major indie label told me they were owed up to $40,000 in song royalties they would never be able to collect. […]
May 23, 2019

KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM IFPI’S GLOBAL MUSIC REPORT 2019

1. RECORDED MUSIC REVENUES ARE GROWING – DRIVEN BY PAID STREAMING In 2018, the global recorded music market grew by 9.7% to US$19.1 billion.  At the heart of this […]
May 23, 2019

‘We Write the Songs’ Event Brings Fight for Songwriters to D.C

A stirring rendition of “Hotel California” by its co-scribe, former Eagles member Don Felder, double-neck guitar in tow. Jane Wiedlin and Charlotte Caffey talking the Go-Go’s punk roots before delivering signature […]