Warner Chappell Music co-heads Man Moot and Carianne Marshall addressed the Copyright Royalty Board’s (CRB) ongoing mechanical royalty charge proceedings in a letter that was despatched to the writer’s U.S. songwriters on Monday (Feb. 7).
The proceedings in query, presided over by three CRB judges, will decide the mechanical royalty charges music streaming companies pay songwriters and publishers for the time period referred to as Phonorecords IV, spanning the years 2023-2027.
Within the letter, which was obtained by Billboard, Moot and Marshall say the forthcoming charge dedication quantities to “a vital second” for songwriters that may create a “ripple impact” which may carry over into different negotiations between the CRB and streaming companies, in addition to royalty charges paid in future phrases. They encourage WCM songwriters to “increase consciousness and assist unfold the phrase all through the broader songwriting group” because the CRB proceedings forge forward over the subsequent a number of months.
Because the WCM co-heads be aware, the Nationwide Music Publishers Affiliation (NMPA), the Nashville Songwriters Affiliation Worldwide (NSAI) and Songwriters of North America (SONA) are all advocating for a mechanical royalty charge enhance to twenty% of service income for songwriters for Phono IV.
In March 2019, Spotify, Amazon, Google and Pandora appealed the CRB’s charge dedication for Phonorecords III (2018-2022), which noticed the group enhance mechanical royalty charges for songwriters roughly a share level yearly throughout the time period, from 11.4% in 2018 to fifteen.1% in 2022. Whereas the attraction is in course of, these streaming companies are nonetheless paying the ten.5% charge set by the CRB for the 12 months 2017 and proposing a return to that charge for Phono IV.
“That’s an appallingly low charge,” write Moot and Marshall. “And now, a few of the greatest and most beneficial firms on this planet are pushing to increase that 10.5% charge for the subsequent five-year interval.”
They proceed, “A lot of you depend on songwriting as your major supply of earnings, and we’re doing every little thing in our energy to attain a constructive end result. With out songwriters, we wouldn’t have songs or streaming companies – there’d be no music enterprise in any respect. You deserve this pay increase and extra.”
You’ll be able to learn the complete letter beneath.
To our Warner Chappell songwriting household,
As your companions and your champions, we wished to let a couple of essential combat that may decide what you make from streaming each now and within the years to come back.
Within the U.S., there’s a portion of your income from streaming companies (corresponding to Spotify, Apple and Amazon) – mechanical income – that’s decided each 5 years by three judges who make up the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) in Washington, D.C.
By early subsequent 12 months, in a continuing referred to as Phono IV, the CRB will decide the mechanical royalty charges that streaming companies pays music publishers and songwriters between 2023 and 2027.
It is a vital second. Not solely will the CRB determine the longer term mechanical royalty charges for streaming, there’s additionally a “ripple impact,” the place the CRB’s determination can affect different negotiations with streaming companies, in addition to future charges.
To interrupt issues down much more, these tech firms at the moment needs to be paying you 15.1% – the speed that was set by the CRB for 2022, within the final CRB continuing known as Phono III. However as an alternative, Spotify, Amazon, Google and Pandora have spent greater than 4 years interesting that ruling. Whereas the attraction performs out, they’re nonetheless paying the speed set by the CRB for 2017 – simply 10.5%. That’s an appallingly low charge. And now, a few of the greatest and most beneficial firms on this planet are pushing to increase that 10.5% charge for the subsequent five-year interval.
On behalf of all songwriters, music publishers and different commerce associations, the Nationwide Music Publishers’ Affiliation (NMPA), the Nashville Songwriters Affiliation Worldwide (NSAI) and Songwriters of North America (SONA) are advocating for a rise to twenty% in Phono IV.
We’ve been actively concerned on this charge continuing with a seat on the NMPA Board and illustration on numerous working teams, alongside our personal writers and board members Liz Rose and Ross Golan. A number of songwriter witnesses may also testify to the CRB about every little thing that goes into writing a track and the way the streaming companies’ efforts to devalue the works of songwriters is doubtlessly devastating.
A lot of you depend on songwriting as your major supply of earnings, and we’re doing every little thing in our energy to attain a constructive end result. With out songwriters, we wouldn’t have songs or streaming companies – there’d be no music enterprise in any respect. You deserve this pay increase and extra.
Over the subsequent few months, we encourage you all to lift consciousness round this essential concern and assist unfold the phrase all through the broader songwriting group. Your voice issues most on this debate.
We’re hopeful the CRB will make the fitting determinations that assist one of the best pursuits of music creators such as you. Regardless of the end result, we’ll proceed to work tirelessly to assist and defend your rights and create new alternatives on your songs.
Along with your A&R crew, we’re at all times obtainable if in case you have ideas or questions. It’s also possible to observe the NMPA, NSAI and SONA for essential updates, and also you’ll be listening to from us once more quickly as we get nearer to the subsequent steps in Phono III and Phono IV.
Man & Carianne
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