Check out SoundExchange’s Digital Radio Report: are you collecting what’s yours?

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SoundExchange plays a crucial role in helping artists and labels make money from their recorded music today.

In 2016, SoundExchange distributed $883.9 million in digital performance royalties (fees owed to rights owners and artists for non-interactive streams of their music on platforms like Pandora and SiriusXM).

Last week SoundExchange released their latest Digital Radio Report — a a really cool graphic outline of quarterly payments that includes:

  • top streaming charts for 2016
  • total number of payees and payouts
  • featured artist videos
  • and much more

To check out the full report, go HERE.

Even more importantly, remember to register with SoundExchange to collect your digital performance royalties. Remember, these are NOT publishing royalties; you can’t collect them from performing rights organizations such as ASCAP or BMI.

Are you collecting your digital performance royalties? If not, register with SoundExchange today!

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  • Yes, that’s exactly what SoundExchange collects on behalf of artists, labels, and session players. As for CD Baby, kinda. Some of our digital partner companies have arranged to pay the label share of those royalties to distributors instead of to SoundExchange, so we do collect that portion and pay it to account holders. We also can collect unclaimed royalties from SoundExchange (if the artist does not have a direct relationship) and pay it to them. I still recommend you have a direct relationship with SoundExchange for those royalties though. No need for us to get involved if you’re colleting directly. That’s really just a safeguard to make sure artists who might not know about SoundExchange don’t lose out on collecting their money (because after a certain amount of time, the money goes poof).

  • It does not interfere with either. The first (performing rights organizations like ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, etc.) do NOT collect neighbouring rights royalties, since they’re tied in with the recording and NOT the publishing/composition. The second collects royalties for the sale of blank CDs, devices with recording capabilities, etc. So I recommend you sign up directly with SoundExchange in addition to those other organizations you might be affiliated with.