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The Elephant In The Room: Unclaimed / Undistributed Royalties

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In the United States, there are several “unclaimed / undistributed royalties” funds held by music rights organizations. These funds collectively consist of tens of millions of dollars in undistributed earnings generated by the use of music within the greater music industry, from legislative appropriations imposed on manufacturers of audio home recording media, and from agreements with foreign entities.

Some of the organizations (SoundExchange, AFM & SAG-AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund, Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund, Live Television Videotape Supplemental Market Fund, and although this is not royalties per say, the US Copyright Office has a Section 115 NOIs Filing database that can be used to track down missing mechanical royalties) have created public databases so that music creators can search to see if they have royalties sitting in these funds. However, the biggest funds do not have public databases and often music creators can not be reached by any of these funds to be notified that they have unclaimed royalties.

I am working on a side project called RoyaltyClaim.com to address this issue of unclaimed / undistributed royalties. The goal is to get each of these funds to join the RoyaltyClaim.com Disclosure Program and to encourage them to submit very basic information to us on a periodic basis regarding the income participants who are due royalties. We will then aggregate these disclosures and maintain one searchable public database accessible for free by music creators and income participants.

By aggregating these lists of unclaimed / undistributed royalties information, we can aid income participants — including songwriters, recording artists, publishers, labels, musicians, background vocalists, composers, and beneficiaries (in the event of musician parents or spousals who passed away, but their music still generates royalties) — in locating and claiming their monies.

If you are a music creator, you should signup at RoyaltyClaim.com to be notified of our launch. We are currently in conversations with the various funds to get them to cooperate and help creators and their families.

Teen-Focused App Musical.ly Is the Music Industry’s New Secret Weapon | VICE | United Kingdom


Awesome article by Vice on how young singers and rappers are using musical.ly to build fanbases, promote new music, drive engagement and sales, and generate buzz that has led to record deals, radio airplay, and ranking on Billboard charts.

Are any of you using musical.ly as a part of your overall digital strategy? If so how and what results have you seen? 

Impressive app sets for a music tech startup:

Musical.ly boasts more than 11 million video uploads per day from more than 120 million users worldwide; 64 percent of the app’s American users fall within the coveted 13–24 demographic, and 75 percent are female. Hoping to capitalize on that audience, Dae Dae debuted a 15-second snippet of “Wat U Mean” on musical.ly in August; to promote it, he hosted an in-app contest challenging listeners to make a music video of themselves performing his signature dance, where he languidly swings his arms in the air to the song’s staccato “Aye” shouts. Since its inception, the challenge has yielded a staggering 153,719 responses, with scores of newly won fans performing their own renditions of the “Aye” dance.

Read full article: http://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/the-social-media-app-musically-is-changing-music-marketing-v23n07

[VIDEO] Watch How TuneRegistry Can Help Indie Music Creators Protect Music & Unlock Royalties

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Are you an indie artist looking to unlock additional income streams from your music?

Are you a band confused about what rights each member owns and how to protect them?

Are you a manager looking to save time and streamline reoccurring music industry administration tasks?

Are you an indie label or publisher looking for a better way to organize your company’s catalog in a collaborative space?

TuneRegistry is a next generation music management platform that enables creators and rights-holders to streamline the administration of their music catalogs.

Check out this tutorial reel to see how TuneRegistry can help you.

Learn more at www.tuneregistry.com.

Breaking Bread, Giving Bread Crumbs: The Challenge Facing Beyoncé, Drake, And 150 Other People

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Between Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” and Drake’s “Views” albums, there are over 150 writers and producers credited across their combined 32 tracks.

I can only imagine the music compensation nightmare that will ensue over the next 12 months as streaming, DPD, and airplay royalty checks start to go out to the multi-national team of creators and rights holders.

Who is responsible for ensuring the accuracy of rights holder information across all tracks? Who is checking that digital music services have complete metadata to match sound recordings to their underlying compositions? Who is accounting to the background vocalists and session musicians?

Did every producer and engineer secure letter of directions from Beyoncé and Drake to properly claim a portion of Pandora payouts? Who is looking after the contributors who do not have multinational publishers? Will they capture their piece of neighboring rights, DART royalties, or Spotify mechanicals?

Who will lose out due to inefficiencies? Who will have money left on the table due to an inability to properly claim and collect?

These are the questions that we ask ourselves at TuneRegistry and why we’ve built the next-generation music rights & metadata management platform to empower creators and rights holders.

Grammy Winning Engineers Launch Digital Mastering Service For DIY Musicians, eMastered

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Using an intelligent mastering engine built from analyzing thousands of hit songs, eMastered gives musicians an easy and affordable way to master tracks from the comfort of their own homes.

Grammy Award-winning engineer Smith Carlson and hit EDM singer/producer Collin McLoughlin announce the launch of eMastered, an online tool redefining the way musicians approach audio mastering. eMastered enables users to instantly master recordings online, making what is traditionally a complex and expensive process much more simple, affordable, and accessible to musicians worldwide.

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Independent Artists: TuneRegistry Wants To Help You Register Your Music Rights

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After months of planning, we are finally excited to release additional information about TuneRegistry.

TuneRegistry is an easy-to-use and cost-effective solution to streamline music rights registrations and metadata delivery. We’re building TuneRegistry for the independent music community — to empower you with a powerful, yet simple, platform to manage your music catalog and associated rights administration all in one place.

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Who is TuneRegistry for?
From indie artists and artist managers to indie record labels and music publishers, we believe that the any music creator and rights owner within the independent music community will find value in TuneRegistry’s suite of tools and services. Even music attorneys like us!

We are currently seeking private beta testers from the independent music community. Request an invite.

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