Recording artists and indie labels: there’s a movement afoot to change the way that you would receive your digital public performance royalties, and it’s not a good one, especially for recording artists.
In recent days, the artist community — including AFTRA, AFM, The Recording Academy, A2IM and SoundExchange — has been broadcasting the message to their members about the negative consequences of direct licensing deals for digital performance royalties. We applaud our artist colleagues for urging their members signed to indie labels (or self-released artists) to not accept these direct licensing deals.
- If you are a musician, we urge you to tell your labels you’d oppose any effort to re-direct your digital performance royalties through your label. In the interest of fairness and transparency, your label should continue to license through SoundExchange.
- If you are a label, we urge you to look closely at these deals, and remember that the statutory rate-setting process represents an opportunity for labels to work together to get the best rate possible.