Sony/ATV Launches App for 'SCORE' Royalty Portal

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A sign advertises a Sony store in Manhattan on Nov. 1, 2016 in New York City.

After giving its SCORE royalty portal a makeover in May, Sony/ATV Music Publishing is today (Aug 29) launching an app version of the service, allowing songwriters to access real-time data about their earnings on iOS and Android.

Like its online alternative, the app offers constantly-updated earnings information that can be searched and organized by song title, income source, time period and territory. The app also includes SCORECARD, a feature offering a graphic summary of each writer's royalties for both current and past periods.

“At Sony/ATV we are committed to providing our songwriters and their teams with an unrivaled level of transparency and service, which includes giving them access to the most highly-detailed royalty information available," said Sony/ATV chairman and CEO Martin Bandier in a statement. "The launch of the SCORE app is an important next step in us delivering on that promise and now means our writers can obtain an unsurpassed insight into their historic and current period earnings with one simple click.”

For example, after signing into the app, the home page gives the money earned by the songwriter during the period; as well as what was earned and payed in the previous period. With one touch, writers can see their earnings broken out by country and will have the further choice to click on a map view. The map view gives the ability to click on any country to see revenue by the top license type, the top songs and the top sources, i.e. digital services and collection societies, in those countries.

Adds 2016 ACM and BMI Songwriter Of The Year Ross Copperman (who has written for the likes of Kenny Chesney, Brett Eldredge and Keith Urban): “Sony/ATV continues to pursue fair compensation for songwriters and, at the same time, makes worldwide information related to my songs easily accessible to me.”

The new SCORE app joins a growing list of similar digital initiatives to offer songwriters and other music industry players greater transparency in tracking their earnings. BMG recently launched an app version of its online MyBMG 3.0 royalties portal, and the Kobalt-owned AWAL released an app for artists, labels and managers to track streaming presence.