Sony Consolidates Recordings and Publishing Into a Single Company — Introducing ‘Sony Music Group’

The left hand will now communicate with the right hand at Sony Music. Sony Corp. is now attempting to tightly integrate its recording and publishing units, according to an announcement issued this (Wednesday) morning. The tighter corporate structure wi… Continue Reading

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U.S. Copyright Office Awards Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) Contract to ‘Industry Consensus’ NMPA Bid

After a heated and contentious battle, the U.S. Copyright Office has chosen its winner to run the Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC). The award is going to the aptly-named ‘Mechanical Licensing Collective,’ a coalition created by major music publish… Continue Reading

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Downtown Music’s Roberto Neri To Chair UK Publishers Assoc.

Robert Neri, the Executive VP of Downtown Music Publishing, has been named chair of UK trade organization the Music Publishers Association. Neri, who has been a director on the MPA board since 2015, will replace Universal Music Group executive Jackie Alway, who served as chair for four years and will… Continue Reading

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Collect All The Revenue Your Recorded Music Can Earn: Pt. I

For a long time, many traditional music industry revenue sources were closed off to the independent artists, but these channels are starting to open up, providing some exciting new income sources for the DIY artists out there – as long as you know how to get them. ___________________________ Guest post… Continue Reading

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Kanye West Files Motion to Dismiss EMI Music Publishing’s Countersuit in New York

Taking a jab at Sony Music’s EMI Music Publishing division and Universal Music Group (UMG), Kanye West told his fans artists should have the right to purchase their publishing catalog whenever they want. There’s just one problem.  Typically, artists ca… Continue Reading

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Hipgnosis Says Its Monster Bets Are Already Paying Off: “There’s More Evidence to Back Our Thesis”

Hipgnosis is paying 10X — or more — on hit-heavy songwriter catalogs.  Just months later, the company says its bets are already paying off. Hipgnosis, the UK-based song-rights investment company, is already applauding itself for a successful year one. … Continue Reading

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When We Sleep Where Do Our Royalties Go? [VIDEO]

Despite numerous advancements in payment tech, it can still take ages for songwriters to see a penny of their earned revenue, and so AWAL, AMRA and Kobalt are teaming up to do something about it. _________________________ Guest post from AWAL You can Venmo your friend money before you finish this… Continue Reading

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Spotify Says They ‘Overpaid Most Publishers In 2018’ — And They Want Their Money Back

Looks like everybody’s gotta play by the same rules — Spotify’s rules. Not only is Spotify fighting a proposed increase songwriter and publisher royalties.  They’re also demanding a refund, based on overpayments made in 2018 on family bundles and colle… Continue Reading

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U.S. Department of Justice Opens a Formal Inquiry Into ASCAP & BMI Consent Decrees

The DOJ is now taking a look at 1940s-era regulations that heavily restrict music publishers and songwriters. The U.S. Department of Justice is now taking a formal look into consent decrees that dictate pricing and other practices for public performanc… Continue Reading

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Know Your Rights: Musician’s Simple Guide To Digital Royalties

Far too many artists who release brilliant music are ultimately unaware of how the system works when it comes to collecting royalties on said music, and consequently run the risk of getting ripped off. Here we offer a straightforward guide to understanding how digital royalties work. ___________________________________ Guest post by… Continue Reading

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