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Interesting article: how Spotify streams turn into royalties

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Not used Spotify myself, but it makes for an interesting read.

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Thank you, I read it, was now 'educated' by the details, and will act on it.

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like a drunk in a midnight choir
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I strongly urge ALL songwriters, beginning or pro, to:

  • Register their work in accord with the policies of their country of residence

  • Join a PRO and register your songs with them.
  • If you're in the US, and regularly perform your own original work, I'd recommend the PRO be BMI. (Disclaimer: I AM a BMI affiliated songwriter!)

    BMI is free to join, and has a program called "BMI Live" This program allows the performer to notify BMI whenever they've performed an original song in public (date and venue, your songs played). Then, when the next royalty distribution comes out, you collect the royalties due!

    As far as I know, they're the only US based PRO that does this. I think ASCAP and SESAC are still using the "radio play" method of determining royalty payouts.

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