SoundExchange

  1. SoundExchange's Michael Huppe's Keynote Screed Against FM Radio Kicks off New Music Seminar

    June 09, 2014 1:13 PM EDT The New Music Seminar kicked off this morning in New York City with a provocative keynote by SoundExchange CEO and president Michael Huppe, who began his speech asking a simple question: “If FM radio went away tomorrow, would music sales go down o ...

  2. Licensing Hearings in June Expanded, to Include David Israelite, Neil Portnow

    June 04, 2014 3:58 PM EDT Witnesses from around the music business are set for two House Judiciary Committee hearings that will help shape the future of music licensing. The first hearing, previously announced, will take place on Tuesday, June 10th at 10am ET. Billboard ha ...

  3. SoundExchange Launches Campaign for Royalties on Pre-1972 Recordings

    May 29, 2014 6:00 AM EDT Listen to the Stooges' "Search and Destroy" from the 1973 album "Raw Power" on Pandora and the band will receive a small royalty. But listen to "Down on the Street," from the "Funhouse" album released t ...

  4. Record Labels Sue Pandora Over Pre-1972 Recordings

    April 17, 2014 6:07 PM EDT As expected, the three major labels, ABKCO, and the RIAA filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in New York state court against Pandora for playing pre-Feb. 15, 1972 recordings without making any royalty payments. This suit is a follow-up to th ...

  5. Why Rock Hall Inductees Are Not Getting The Royalties They Deserve (Guest Post)

    April 10, 2014 9:30 AM EDT Michael Huppe is the CEO and President of SoundExchange, a non-profit digital performance rights organization that collects royalties for artists and copyright holders. Honor Vs. Value: As someone who was raised in the era of classic rock, I am ...

  6. SoundExchange Names New CFO, SVP

    March 26, 2014 11:31 AM EDT SoundExchange, the performance rights organization responsible for collecting on royalties generated by companies like Pandora, has named a new chief financial officer. Anjula Singh, previously the organization's SVP of Finance and Administra ...

  7. SoundExchange Finally Releases Old, Unclaimed Royalties

    January 31, 2014 3:10 PM EST SoundExchange has finally done something it put off for years. The performing rights organization for digital performances of sound recordings has released royalties that had not been claimed by record labels and artists. Called a pool release, th ...

  8. SoundExchange Turns Ten: From Humble Beginnings, Half a Billion (From the Magazine)

    October 21, 2013 12:12 PM EDT Proof of the record industry’s life after near-death can be seen in the trend of payouts from SoundExchange, the Washington D.C.-based not-for-profit that collects and distributes digital performance royalties from noninteractive webcasters and ...

  9. SiriusXM Attacks the Turtles for Playing 'Lawsuit Lottery'

    October 14, 2013 7:59 PM EDT Imagine for a moment never hearing another Beatles song at a bar, rarely ever seeing The Rolling Stones perform their early work again on television and witnessing digital services like Pandora barred from streaming any sound recording made prio ...

  10. Business Matters: What the Heck Happened to Track Sales?

    October 11, 2013 4:50 PM EDT Last week, track sales in the United States totaled 19.8 million units, an incredible 15% lower than the same week in 2012 and the lowest weekly total of 2013. A dip below 20 million units is remarkable. For context, weekly track sales in 2013 ...

  11. Sony, Universal, Warner, ABKCO File Copyright Lawsuit Against SiriusXM

    September 11, 2013 8:28 PM EDT As expected, Sony Music Entertainment, UMG Recordings, Warner Music Group and ABKCO have filed suit against SiriusXM for allegedly continuing to ignore state copyright laws and refusing to pay artist performance royalties for pre-1972 music it ...

  12. SiriusXM Hit With Fourth $100 Million Lawsuit In Past Month

    September 04, 2013 5:24 PM EDT For a long time, it's been assumed that SiriusXM has the right to distribute and perform pre-1972 recordings. Then last month, Flo & Eddie of The Turtles brought a proposed $100 million class action lawsuit against Sirius , premised on ...

  13. SoundExchange Sues SiriusXM Radio Over Royalty Calculations

    August 26, 2013 7:01 PM EDT SoundExchange has filed a lawsuit against SiriusXM Radio that contends SiriusXM "systematically underpaid" royalties from 2007 to 2011. The complaint was filed on Monday (Aug. 26) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columb ...

  14. Music Executives Tackle Metadata's 'Toothbrush Syndrome' at Music Biz 2013

    May 06, 2013 4:44 PM EDT 0 false 18 pt 18 pt 0 0 false false false Metadata is not one of those sexy topics you bring up at a cocktail party -- unless, perhaps, it’s directly tied to your livelihood and how much money you stand to earn. That was one conclusion from a pa ...

  15. New Music Seminar Announces 2013 Plans, Clear Channel's Sykes, VEVO Chief Caraeff, Atlantic CEO Kallman Among Early Names

    April 29, 2013 3:35 PM EDT "Join us as we set the stage for the most exciting music business era since the 80's," wrote New Music Seminar founder and music business magnate Tom Silverman in a statement today announcing the return, this June, of the New York ...

  16. SoundExchange Distributed $118 Million in First Quarter

    April 16, 2013 3:57 PM EDT SoundExchange announced Tuesday it distributed $117.5 million of digital performance royalties in the first quarter. The amount was a first-quarter record for the organization but was down from the $122.5 million and $134.9 million distributed ...

  17. Exclusive - SoundExchange Financials: How Much Paid vs. How Much in Limbo?

    December 24, 2012 4:03 PM EST SoundExchange had a $363 million balance of funds on December 31, 2011 on its form 990, the annual reporting form for non-profits in the U.S., according to Billboard.biz's review of the document. That large balance, representing royalties to ...

  18. Three Songwriter Organizations Oppose Internet Radio Fairness Act

    December 03, 2012 2:14 PM EST In the last three weeks, three coalitions of songwriter organizations have written letters to congress opposing the Internet Radio Fairness Act (IRFA) while asserting that songwriters royalty rates paid by services like Pandora are too low and nee ...

  19. Radio Broadcasters Get an Earful at Internet Radio Fairness Hearing

    November 28, 2012 4:52 PM EST In a Congressional hearing that was supposed to be about Internet radio royalties , lawmakers and speakers instead spent a good portion of their time taking aim at the National Broadcasters Association for not having to pay performance royalties t ...

  20. SoundExchange Pays Out $122.5 Million In Q3 -- Its Largest Sum Yet

    November 14, 2012 8:25 PM EST SoundExchange continues to grow its payout, hitting $122.5 million in royalty payouts to artists and labels in the third quarter. That figure makes it the largest quarterly payout by the organization since its inception. In the first quarter of 20 ...

  21. SoundExchange Names Three New Board of Director Members

    July 13, 2012 8:17 AM EDT SoundExchange, the non-profit performance rights organization, has announced the appointment of three new members, Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, Ray Hair and Paul Robinson to its Board of Directors. Duncan Crabtree-Ireland serves as the chief administr ...

  22. SoundExchange Top $1 Billion in Total Payouts, Surpasses $100 Million in Q1

    June 18, 2012 11:28 AM EDT SoundExchange announced Monday it has paid out $1 billion in digital performance royalties to record labels and recently topped $100 million in a single quarter for the first time. The organization paid out $108.6 million in the first quarter of 2 ...

  23. IFPI 2012 Report: Global Music Revenue Down 3%; Sync, PRO, Digital Income Up

    March 26, 2012 9:28 AM EDT Trade revenue generated by the global recorded music industry in 2011 dropped by 3% to $16.6 billion, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry's (IFPI) annual "Recording Industry in Numbers" report, pub ...

  24. Morning Heds: Streaming Royalties Way Up, SOPA Protest Day, tUnE-yArDs Top Pazz & Jop

    January 18, 2012 7:25 AM EST Digital Notes: Royalties for Streaming Music Grew 17% in 2011 by New York Times (blog) SoundExchange, the agency that compensates performers and record labels when music is played on satellite and Internet radio, paid $292 million in royalties las ...

  25. Billboard FutureSound: NMPA, Muve, SoundExchange, More Talk the Challenges of Music Licensing in the Digital Age

    November 18, 2011 5:34 PM EST President/CEO of NMPA David Israelite, SVP of Muve Music Jeff Toig, SVP of Business Affairs & Business Development of Music Reports Les Watkins, CEO of Wolfgang's Vault Bill Sagan, and FutureSound's Antony Bruno (Photo: Arnold Turner ...

  26. Business Matters: U.K. Dance Labels Pull Out of Spotify, Other Subscription Services

    November 17, 2011 6:10 PM EST U.K. Dance Labels Pull Out of Spotify, Other Subscription Services -- Subscription services have so many millions of songs they are sure to satisfy most of the people most of the time. But for an avid music fan with underground tastes, the growing ...

  27. SoundExchange Paid Out a Record $88 Million in Q3, but Big Money Is Still Going Uncollected

    October 25, 2011 6:25 PM EDT SoundExchange announced on Tuesday that it paid out a record $88 million to 18,300 artists and labels in the third quarter of 2011. The payments cover royalties collected from Internet radio, satellite radio and cable TV music-only channels. Strea ...

  28. Five Questions We Have About Pandora's IPO Tomorrow

    June 14, 2011 5:03 PM EDT By all accounts, tomorrow is the day Pandora puts 14.7 million shares of stock on sale to the public , equal to about 20% of its total equity. At an offering price of between $10 - $12 a share, that would raise around $146 million and value the co ...

  29. SoundExchange Paid Out $252 Million In 2010

    March 17, 2011 5:33 PM EDT SoundExchange paid out $252 million in digital performance royalties in 2010, the organization announced Thursday. The non-profit performance rights organization has now paid out more than $600 million for the performances of sound recordings by w ...

  30. New SoundExchange President Michael Huppe Talks About Future Challenges

    February 09, 2011 3:00 PM EST SoundExchange announced on Wednesday that Michael Huppe, the organization's long-time executive VP and general counsel, has been named its president. Huppe replaces outgoing president John Simson. "Mike's proven leadership ability a ...

  31. Business Matters: Live365 Will Survive Webcasting Royalty Rates But May Appeal Ruling

    December 28, 2010 12:00 AM EST Live365 Internet Radio Network Says It Will Survive New Webcasting Royalty Rates -- Internet radio network Live365 will survive with the new webcasting royalty rates, general counsel David Rosenberg tells Billboard. The company, which opted out of ...

  32. SoundExchange Payments Up 55% In 2009

    December 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST SoundExchange, the organization that collects royalties for streaming sound recordings, increased its payouts to artists and rights owners by 55% in 2009, according to information in its recently filed IRS Form 990. Distributions to artists increa ...

  33. SoundExchange Executive Director Simson To Exit

    July 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT SoundExchange executive director John Simson will leave the organization at the end of this year. By staying to the end of the year, it will allow the SoundExchange Board time to seek a replacement and also help in the transition to the new leader ...

  34. Publishing Briefs: AFTRA, SoundExchange, Harry Fox, Ultra and More

    June 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- In yet another move to expand royalty payments, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA, AFL-CIO) will help SoundExchange to identify and distribute royalties due to its members. Starting today, June 2, AFTRA, will begin ...

  35. SoundExchange, Public Broadcasting Reach Deal

    August 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT SoundExchange and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting have announced an agreement to govern royalty rates for webcasting through 2015. Under the agreement, CPB will pay SoundExchange a total of $2.4 million for the term 2011-2015, based upon a ...

  36. SoundExchange, Web Radio Services Reach Agreement

    July 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT SoundExchange has reached an agreement on the long-simmering Webcaster royalty dispute with several Internet radio services that dramatically reduces the per-stream payments from those set by the Copyright Royalty Board in March of 2007. The new a ...

  37. NAB, SoundExchange Agree On Streaming

    February 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and SoundExchange announced Monday (Feb. 16) an agreement on Internet streaming rates for local radio stations that simulcast programming over the Internet or that create new stand-alone Internet stat ...

  38. Pandora To Shut Down Service?

    August 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Personalized Internet radio service Pandora is, again, threatening to shutter the service in the wake of new licensing fees due SoundExchange, under the recent Copyright Royalty Board licensing system. Founder Tim Westergren tells the Washington P ...

  39. Chaitovitz Named FMC Executive Director

    January 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Ann Chaitovitz has been named executive director of the Future of Music Coalition (FMC). Chaitovitz, based in Washington, D.C., will report to FMC's board of directors and will assume her new role February 4. Chaitovitz most recently worked a ...

  40. Update: Small Webcasters Get A Break In Royalties

    May 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT SoundExchange has offered a deal to small webcasters to lower the royalty rates set by the Copyright Royalty Board's decision in March. The offer would make the rates for streaming sound recordings roughly the same as those set by the Small W ...

  41. Judges Reject Webcasters' Requests

    April 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Internet radio broadcasters were dealt a setback Monday (April 16) when a panel of copyright judges threw out requests to reconsider a ruling that hiked the royalties they must pay to record companies and artists. A broad group of public and priva ...

  42. CRB To Reconsider Webcaster Rates

    March 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Copyright Royalty Board will be reviewing objections to its recent decision over webcasting rates. "The Copyright Royalty Judges desire to hear the positions of each party on each of the issues raised in these motions," the judges wr ...

  43. Copyright Board To Rehear Positions On Webcaster Fees

    March 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Webcasters are getting a second chance to make their case against the decision to raise royalty fees of Internet radio services. Chief Copyright Royalty Judge James Scott Sledge issued a one-paragraph order Tuesday (March 20), granting a rehearing ...

  44. Groups Differ Over Webcasting Royalty Rates

    November 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST The debate over royalty rates for non-interactive webcasts is heating up. Two major groups -- one representing webcasters and one representing record labels and recording artists -- filed vastly diffe WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The debate over royalty ra ...

  45. Groups Differ Over Webcasting Royalty Rates

    November 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Label/artists vs. webcasters. The debate over webcasting royalty rates is heating up. Two major groups-one representing webcasters, and one representing record labels and recording artists--filed vastly different recommendations with the new Copyr ...

  46. Digital $$'s Stream In

    November 30, 2004 12:00 AM EST SoundExchange, the label/artist royalty collection group, is sending out $6.5 million in sound-recording performance royalties to recording artists and record company copyright owners in its fall 2004 WASHINGTON, D.C. -- SoundExchange, the label/a ...

  47. SoundExchange Joins Int'l Webcast Agreement

    October 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Reciprocal deal allows for 'one-stop' streaming license. SoundExchange, the U.S. digital performance rights society, has signed the IFPI's international Webcasting agreement. The agreement allows Webcasters and simulcasters to strea ...

  48. SoundExchange Joins Int'l Webcast Agreement

    October 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Reciprocal deal allows for 'one-stop' streaming license. SoundExchange, the U.S. digital performance rights society, has signed the IFPI's international Webcasting agreement. The agreement allows Webcasters and simulcasters to strea ...

  49. SoundExchange Joins Int'l Webcast Agreement

    October 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Reciprocal deal allows for 'one-stop' streaming license. SoundExchange, the U.S. digital performance rights society, has signed the IFPI's international Webcasting agreement. The agreement allows Webcasters and simulcasters to strea ...

  50. SoundExchange, Somexfon Forge Ties

    October 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Digital performance rights body SoundExchange has forged a reciprocal deal with Mexican organization Somexfon. Digital performance rights body SoundExchange has forged a reciprocal deal with Mexican organization Somexfon. Under the agreement, Soun ...

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