1. SoundExchange Extends CEO Michael Huppe Through 2021

    January 10, 2018 12:00 PM EST 0 0 0 SoundExchange CEO Michael Huppe will now helm SoundExchange through 2021, thanks to a contract extension. Huppe has led the agency, which has distributed nearly $5 billion in digital performance royalties to artists and rights owners since its forma ...

  2. Searching for Unclaimed Royalties Is About to Get Easier for Music Publishers With New SXWorks Database

    December 14, 2017 10:25 AM EST 0 0 0 There is no question that the rise of streaming services and other digital music companies have revitalized a flagging music industry, providing a new and growing revenue stream for musicians around the globe. But what happens when a service like Sp ...

  3. 'Great Step Forward': Industry Reacts as Congress Seeks to Fix Copyright Law Benefiting SiriusXM

    July 20, 2017 12:25 PM EDT For the last several years, the music business has been unified over one thing: SiriusXM and other digital-radio services must pay royalties for recordings made before 1972. So, record executives are thrilled about new bipartisan legislation, intr ...

  4. As New Bill Drops To Protect Pre-1972 Copyrights, SoundExchange's Michael Huppe Weighs In

    July 19, 2017 6:53 PM EDT 0 0 4 New "CLASSICS" act is one of several before the 115th Congress seeking to fix laws hurting music creators The music industry is on the road to recovery. Dramatic revenue declines, which plagued the business for more than a decade, have beg ...

  5. SoundExchange Is Officially Buying CMRRA, A Move Reflecting Evolving Digital Markets

    May 15, 2017 5:34 PM EDT 0 0 0 SoundExchange is completing its long-rumored acquisition of CMRRA, the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency, in a move that brings the capabilities of multiple rights licensing and collections on behalf of both labels and publishers under one ...

  6. SoundExchange CEO Points to SiriusXM's Growth for Royalty Rate Increase Optimism

    April 25, 2017 9:34 AM EDT 0 0 0 "The fact of the matter is our legal position has only improved over time since the last proceeding," Michael Huppe tells Billboard. SoundExchange president and CEO Michael Huppe is optimistic about the current rate increase trial in Washi ...

  7. SoundExchange Paid Out $884 Million in 2016

    January 31, 2017 10:05 AM EST 0 0 0 SoundExchange paid out $884 million in royalties to artists and labels in 2016, a 10.1 percent increase over the $803 paid out in 2015. "We distributed record-setting royalties to artists and labels in 2016 and broadened our charter beyond our ...

  8. Op-Ed: SoundExchange CEO Michael Huppe Says the Time Has Come for 'Fair Trade' Music

    April 23, 2015 9:07 AM EDT 0 0 0 Michael Huppe is CEO of SoundExchange, the independent nonprofit performance rights organization that collects and distributes digital performance royalties to musicians. In 2014, SoundExchange distributed more than $773 million in royalties to work ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. Rep. Mel Watt To Introduce Broadcast Radio Performance Rights Bill To Compensate Labels, Artists For Airplay

    July 26, 2013 2:39 PM EDT Rep. Mel Watt plans to introduce legislation that will establish a performance right that would compensate record labels and artists for airplay on broadcast radio. Watt made the announcement on Thursday during the latest hearing on copyright is ...

  13. SoundExchange Paid Out Record $149 Million in Q2

    July 10, 2013 10:17 AM EDT Signaling the strength of Internet and satellite radio, SoundExchange paid out a record $149 million to record labels and artists in the second quarter of 2013, 55% increase over the same period in 2012.   SoundExchange is the non-profit organi ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. Sly Stone Makes Surprise Appearance at MojaMoja Pre-Grammy Brunch

    February 09, 2013 9:15 PM EST The legendary musician Sly Stone (center), made a rare appearance at the 5th Annual MojaMoja Brunch and Benefit Concert for Oxfam America during Grammy weekend.  MojaMoja host Garth Trinidad (left), and Bob Ferguson (right), Oxfam America ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. Internet Royalties Showdown in Washington Wednesday: What to Expect

    November 27, 2012 6:01 PM EST Major stakeholders are expected to make their case on Wednesday in a Congressional hearing that will set the stage for what is likely to be a long battle over Internet radio royalty rates. At stake are hundreds of millions of dollars in fees paid ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. Will Internet Radio Raise Or Shrink Royalties?

    October 08, 2012 1:40 PM EDT Two opposing bills on Capitol Hill could determine the future of the webcasting market for Pandora and its rivals The current lame-duck session of Congress represents the calm before a storm that's expected to erupt in full force next year ...

  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. 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 ...

  23. 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 ...