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  1. Brookings Institution Calls for Different (And Pandora-Friendly) Standard in Webcast Royalties

    August 13, 2012 5:50 PM EDT Weighing in on the debate over webcasting royalties, Washington D.C. think tank Brookings Institution has called for a different standard for setting digital performance royalties that would result in big cost savings for companies like Pandora. & ...

  2. Guest Opinion: Clear Channel/Big Machine Deal Is Step In Right Direction, But Not Far Enough, by Future of Music's Casey Rae

    July 26, 2012 8:00 AM EDT For decades, broadcasters have enjoyed an exemption that allows them to not pay performers and labels when they terrestrially broadcast music. This hardly makes sense, especially compared to digital services like Pandora or Sirius XM, which pay no ...

  3. SoundExchange Partners With Foreign Societies For Royalty Collections

    July 25, 2012 8:30 PM EDT SoundExchange, an organization that collects and distributes digital performance royalties in the U.S., has signed two groups of reciprocal agreements with foreign collecting societies. SoundExchange Names Three New Board of Director Members This ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Business Matters: Pandora Growth Stalls As Dog Days of Summer Begin

    July 10, 2012 6:19 PM EDT Pandora Listening Drops As Summer Advances The growth of Internet radio leader Pandora is practically taken for granted as digital music gobbles up time previously spent listening to other formats. So it's a big deal when Pandora's liste ...

  6. U.S. Appeals Court Rules Copyright Royalty Board Was Unconstitutional

    July 06, 2012 7:42 PM EDT The U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia ruled on Friday that the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) was unconstitutional when it passed rates for non-commercial web broadcasts, like college and high school radio stations, leaving in quest ...

  7. Bits and Briefs: Eventbrite's $1B, Indiegogo's $15M, and SoundExchange's New Record

    June 21, 2012 4:35 PM EDT Eventbrite Passes $1B Mark Online ticketing service Eventbrite recently surpassed $1 billion in sales in slightly more than four years of operation. Its platform offers a solution for ticketing events at a low cost, including conferences, fund-rai ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Exclusive: Clear Channel, Big Machine Strike Deal to Pay Sound-Recording Performance Royalties To Label, Artists

    June 05, 2012 7:00 AM EDT In an unprecedented deal, Clear Channel, the largest owner of U.S. radio stations, has agreed to pay sound-recording performance royalties to Scott Borchetta's Big Machine Label Group and its artists. The sound recording performance royalty - ...

  10. Business Matters: Sirius XM to Offer Personalized Radio

    May 01, 2012 5:10 PM EDT Sirius XM To Dive Into Personalized Radio Internet radio is going to become even more competitive. Sirius XM is following Clear Channel and Pandora into the personalized radio business, the company announced Tuesday. CEO Mel Karmazin mentioned the ...

  11. Business Matters: Why Sirius XM and Pandora Don't Account For 90% of Soundexchange's Collections

    April 17, 2012 9:18 PM EDT Soundexchange Refutes Earlier Suggestions of Pandora and Sirius' Collections Percentages Pandora and Sirius XM accounted for a large share of SoundExchange's 2011 collections of digital broadcast royalties. Some people say 90%. SoundExch ...

  12. Business Matters: Pandora Accounts for a Huge Share of SoundExchange Collections

    April 11, 2012 4:25 PM EDT Pandora Accounts For More Than A Third of SoundExchange's Collections Pandora accounted for somewhere between 36.7% and 38.6% of SoundExchange's collections for digital performance royalties in 2012. Angus MacDonald, General Counsel at I ...

  13. SoundExchange Responds To SiriusXM Lawsuit, Calling Allegations 'Entirely False'

    March 29, 2012 8:27 AM EDT In response to a SiriusXM lawsuit that alleges antitrust behavior by SoundExchange and A2IM, SoundExchange has issued a statement after reviewing the complaint. The lawsuit was filed March 27 in U.S. Federal Court in the Southern District of New Y ...

  14. SiriusXM Files Lawsuit Against SoundExchange and A2IM, Alleging Licensing Interference

    March 28, 2012 9:28 AM EDT SiriusXM has filed a lawsuit against SoundExchange and A2IM. The company alleges that the two organizations violated Section 1 of the Sherman Act and acted in concert with other organizations to interfere with the satellite's channel efforts ...

  15. The New Music Business Takes Shape: Inside the RIAA's 2011 Year-End Numbers

    March 27, 2012 2:47 PM EDT Growth in digital and synchronization revenue slightly outpaced the decline in physical revenue, leaving the U.S. recorded music business up 0.2% in 2011, according to figures released Monday by the RIAA . For its annual year-end shipments report, ...

  16. BandPage Hits 500,000 Artists, Rolls Out New Facebook Features

    March 12, 2012 5:29 PM EDT BandPage today announced that it had reached the 500,000 artist landmark (up from 250,000 just six months ago), with half a million musicians now using Facebook's most popular music app. To mark the milestone, and to celebrate its 2-year anni ...

  17. Licensing Talk With TuneCore, BMI, SoundExchange Gets Fiery at SF MusicTech

    February 14, 2012 10:19 AM EST While most of the music industry basked in the Monday afterglow of a raucous Grammy Awards, a panel discussion with BMI, SoundExchange, TuneCore and others turned fiery Monday afternoon at the SF MusicTech Summit, over the heated issue of just how ...

  18. Business Matters: Optimistic About the Record Business? You're Not Alone

    January 27, 2012 8:42 PM EST Optimistic About the Record Business? You're Not Alone -- "I am optimistic," Tom Silverman wrote in the email that included a link to his latest fact-filled blog post. "What do you think?" Silverman, of Tommy Boy Entertain ...

  19. Business Matters: SoundExchange Royalties Smaller Than Downloads, Bigger Than Subscriptions

    January 18, 2012 6:26 PM EST Subscription Services Get All The Attention, Pay Artists Less Than Webcasts SoundExchange made 18,000 payments totaling $89.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. That brought its 2011 distributions to $292 million, an increase of 17 percent fro ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. Business Matters: Onesheet Adds New Features to Better Simplify Your Web Presence

    January 06, 2012 7:56 PM EST Onesheet Adds New Features to Better Simplify Your Web Presence -- Watch for Onesheet to become a favored tool in 2012 for building an online presence among musicians and other creative types. Launched in August by ArtistData founder Brenden Mulli ...

  22. Business Matters: Inside SoundExchange's 2010 and 2011 Numbers

    December 23, 2011 10:10 AM EST The Inevitability of Unpaid Royalties: SoundExchange's 2010 & 2011 Numbers -- SoundExchange, the non-profit organization tasked with collecting and distributing royalties from non-interactive webcasters, paid out $250 million to artists a ...

  23. Business Matters: Justin Bieber Invests In A Startup

    December 21, 2011 5:13 PM EST Justing Bieber: Pop Icon, Savvy Investor? -- Justin Bieber invested in SoJo Studios , developer of games with a mission "to provide joyful and easily accessible ways for people to join with others to do lasting social good." The startup ...

  24. NARM's Digitalmusic.org Names First Affiliate Partners

    December 06, 2011 2:00 PM EST Digitalmusic.org (DMO,) NARM's hub for digital music initiatives, announced their first Affiliate Partners earlier today. They are: the American Association of Independemnt Music (A2IM), the American Foundation of Television and Radio Artists ...

  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. Backbeat: Indies Mix, Do Business at A2IM Event in NYC

    November 01, 2011 7:30 AM EDT A2IM President Rich Bengloff with Robot of the Century Publishing CEO Doug Keogh. Beyond Oblivion's Tamara Zachary and Ryan Lafferty (far right) prepare for their A2IM pre-CMJ event presentation. A2IM hosted about 200 members at its annual CM ...

  28. Sirius' Direct-Licensing Efforts Come Under Attack From Recording Academy, AFTRA

    October 27, 2011 7:30 PM EDT In what appears to be a coordinated response to Sirius XM's attempt to bypass SoundExchange and license music directly from labels, leading artist groups have issued alerts to their members denouncing the gambit, which was first reported by B ...

  29. Business Matters: How Much Do Streaming Services Pay Artists? Ask the Labels

    October 27, 2011 4:30 PM EDT How Much Do Streaming Services Pay Artists? Ask the Labels -- How much do streaming services pay artists? It's a question that has been asked a lot lately of services such as Spotify, Mog, Rdio, Rhapsody and even iTunes. And it has led to som ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. Future of Music Coalition Summit Day One: How Can Musicians Afford To Keep The Lights On?

    October 04, 2011 8:15 AM EDT Keeping The Lights On: Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen spoke about writing the theme song for "The Colbert Report" as one of the way he earns income at this year's Future of Music Coalition's annual policy summit in Washingt ...

  32. Guest Post: Artist Revenue Stream Survey -- The Importance of Being Data, by John Simson

    September 02, 2011 3:30 PM EDT (The following is a guest post from John Simson, former executive director of SoundExchange now operating as an independent consultant for the Future of Music Coalition's Artist Revenue Stream project . As revenue diversification is seen as t ...

  33. SiriusXM Attempting to License Directly From Labels

    August 11, 2011 8:00 AM EDT SiriusXM Radio, via Music Reports Inc., is attempting to directly license music from record labels, bypassing SoundExchange, Billboard.biz has learned. Currently, SiriusXM operates under a statutory license and pays royalties to SoundExchange. In ...

  34. Future of Music Coalition to Launch Survey on Artist Revenue Streams

    July 27, 2011 11:46 AM EDT The Future of Music Coalition is undertaking a project that will answer two basic questions: what percentage of musicians' income comes from each possible revenue source and how has that changed over the last ten years? From September 6 to Oc ...

  35. Business Matters: Mobile Listening Outpacing Mobile Ads, Pandora CEO Says

    July 23, 2011 1:55 PM EDT Mobile Listening Outpacing Mobile Ads, Pandora CEO Says -- Pandora CEO Joe Kennedy has suggested one of the analyst's fears about its business is coming true -- the company is not selling enough mobile ads. "The sheer level of aggregate ...

  36. Business Matters: Earbits-Powered Radio Station Debuts at SFGate

    July 20, 2011 5:58 PM EDT Earbits-Powered Radio Station Debuts at SFGate -- Internet radio startup Earbits has found a clever way to get its product to market. SFGate, the online version of the San Francisco Chronicle, launched the Earbits-powered SFGate Radio on Wednesday ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. Pandora Achieves 10 Billionth Thumb

    May 02, 2011 8:18 PM EDT Pandora logged its 10 billionth thumb on April 24, founder Tim Westergren announced at the company's blog . That thumb (Pandora's version of the like button on Facebook) went to the Jason Derulo song "Ridin' Solo." Westerg ...

  39. Rethink Music Panels Look at the Future of Record Labels, Monetization

    April 27, 2011 2:48 PM EDT BOSTON - Exactly what the record companies of the future might look like was the topic of conversation at the "Next Generation Record Label" panel at the Rethink Music conference here, and the panelists found themselves grappling with th ...

  40. Rhapsody Asking Labels for New Internet Radio Rules -- A2IM Disagrees

    March 29, 2011 5:52 PM EDT Streaming music service Rhapsody , which on Friday will be celebrating a full year of independence from former parent company Real Networks, is taking steps to augment its Internet radio features -- to the chagrin of some in the music industry. Th ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. Is Metadata Music's Next Financial Frontier? SXSW Panel Suggests It Might Be

    March 17, 2011 4:17 PM EDT The "Information is Key, Data is King" saying seems to have finally found its roots at a number of SxSW's panels and events. Strong usage of metadata has proven not only to directly impact consumers' discovery, increase sales a ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. Reinventing Music Biz Panel @ MIDEM Says Industry Failing Up-and-Coming Artists

    January 22, 2011 12:00 AM EST CANNES, France -- small and emerging music companies accused the more established music industry of failing up-and-coming acts during a session at this year's MidemNet, the digital-music forum held at Cannes Jan. 22-26 during international MI ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. Analysis: Why a Pandora IPO Would Work

    December 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST While 2010 lacked the type of big-dollar digital music deals of earlier years, 2011 may be different. Personalized online radio service Pandora is said to be considering a mid-2011 initial public offering, according to TechCrunch . These rumors ha ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. Copyright Royalty Board Releases Non-Settlement Webcasting Rates

    December 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Copyright Royalty Board has released the rates for 2011 through 2015 for those webcasters not covered by last year's Webcaster Settlement Act agreements. The rates are currently set at $0.0019 per performance per performance in 2010 and w ...

  49. UPDATED: Industry Execs Call Out PC Mag For Encouraging Piracy

    November 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Post updated Nov. 24 with a response from PC Mag (at bottom) Irked by an article published in PC Mag listing a number of alternative P2P services in the wake of the LimeWire shutdown, a number of music industry executive earlier this month sent th ...

  50. PPL Signs With AFM/AFTRA Fund

    November 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. neighboring rights organization PPL has announced a new agreement with the AFM/AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund in the U.S. It is the first time PPL has worked with the AFM/AFTRA Fund. The Fund comes from SoundExchange-adm ...

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