"Our fight is for all songwriters: those struggling to build their career, those in the middle class and those few who have reached your Secret Genius level."
In 2017, Spotify launched its Secret Genius Awards annual event to honor songwriters and producers behind some of the streaming platform's most-played songs. But now some of those same honorees are speaking out about something much less celebrated -- Spotify's plan to appeal Copyright Royalty Board rates, along with Google, Pandora and Amazon.
"We're hurt and disappointed," the dozens of songwriters wrote in an an open letter to Spotify on Tuesday (April 9) addressed to Spotify chief Daniel Ek and shared with Billboard. "You created a songwriter relations team and ingratiated Spotify into our community. We know that you are not the only DSP appealing the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) rate determination. You are, however, the only provider that made us feel we were working to build a modern music industry together."