BMI claims ‘highest royalty distributions of any music rights org’ as it pays out $1.196bn to songwriters and publishers

The US-based performance rights organization collected a record $1.283bn
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Record Store Finds Uncashed Kurt Cobain 27 Years Old Royalty Check

The staff at Seattle ‘s Easy Street Records recently stumbled across an unchased royalty check made out to Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain 27 years ago.The check was from Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) and made out to Kurt D. Cobain of Olympia, Washington. It was dated March 6, 1991, just months before… Continue Reading

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Justice Dept. Opens Review of ASCAP, BMI Consent Decrees

The U.S. Justice Department will review two consent decrees originally reached in 1941 with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and Broadcast Music, Inc (BMI) to establish how the organizations, which license approximately 90% of music in the United States, must operate. Under the consent decrees, the… Continue Reading

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This Week In Music Commentary

This week, commentators inside the music industry weighed in on consent decree reform, whether technology precipitated the death of "good" music, and shared some key advice for when it comes to marketing artists. ASCAP, BMI Issue Joint Open Letter On Consent Decree Reform [Full Text and Analysis] Did Technology Bring… Continue Reading

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ASCAP, BMI Issue Joint Open Letter On Consent Decree Reform [Full Text and Analysis]

The rules that govern how ASCAP and BMI collect fees for songwriters and music publishers date back to a deal the pair made with the US Department of Justice in 1941. The DoJ recently said that it is reviewing those consent decrees and may end them. Today, the two PROs… Continue Reading

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