The Music Fund Has Money for Musicians Who Can’t Tour, But Still Have Streaming Income

With the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continuing to wreak havoc on live touring, artists are having a particularly difficult time making ends meet. But that’s sparking more innovation from non-touring areas, with players like The Music Fund focusing… Continue Reading

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AFM & SAG-AFTRA Owes Session Musicians and Background Vocalists $46 Million — Here’s How Eligible Performers Can Get Paid

As part of a proposed settlement with the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) & SAG-AFTRA, certain session musicians and background vocalists will receive a total of nearly $46 million in owed, previously unpaid royalties. Each year, AFM & S… Continue Reading

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Pex Acquires Dubset as the EU Copyright Directive’s Implementation Deadline Approaches

Proprietary music-fingerprinting and rights negotiation platform Pex has acquired Dubset, a licensing platform for DJ mixes, live performances, and other, similar original content. Dubset has focused on enabling DJ sets, remixes, and other spontaneous … Continue Reading

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The Average Canadian Songwriter Earned Just $67 Last Year from Domestic Digital Sources

SOCAN members — including songwriters, composers, producers, publishers, and other composition rights owners — received an average of $67 (Canadian dollars) for domestic digital royalties in 2019, according to the organization. SOCAN, a performance rig… Continue Reading

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YouTube Paid the Music Industry More Than $3 Billion In 2019, CEO Says

YouTube has the lowest per-stream payouts in the streaming music business — a dubious distinction for years.  But platform CEO Susan Wojcicki says it all adds up. Why Wojcicki dropped the big news on a Friday before a three-day weekend is anyone’… Continue Reading

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Identifyy Sees Massive Growth — HAAWK Now Represents YouTube, Facebook & Instagram Rights for Over 75,000 Artists

How do indie artists and smaller producers get access to YouTube Content ID and Facebook Rights Manager?   Artists signed to Merlin-affiliated labels have a shot at claiming and monetizing, if their labels are able to staff up and do the work. And majo… Continue Reading

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Helene Fischer, Rammstein, Other German Superstars Demand Fair Streaming Payouts

High-profile German artists, including Helene Fischer and Rammstein, are demanding larger streaming royalties from the Big Three. A number of prominent German artists are demanding larger streaming royalties from their record labels.   In December, 14 … Continue Reading

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Just Got My Spotify Mechanical Royalty Check In the Mail — $11.06 for 32,222 Plays

Kerry Muzzey is a prolific composer whose work appears in major TV shows, Hollywood film trailers, and Broadway productions.  Earlier this week, Muzzey got his mechanical royalty check from Spotify. After failing to pay mechanical royalties entirely — … Continue Reading

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