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  • #34353 Reply
    Music1234
    Participant

    If they don’t file the claim, the performance royalties don’t show up. So I am sure this well known PMA library did their admin/ paper work accurately with BMI. I don’t mind doing this work because I really enjoy earning “double” the money as writer and publisher.

    Heck one hour of admin time is certainly worth it when you collect the royalties twice.

    Hey Art,
    From I Spot: Single Care
    National Airings
    9,328

    Time to raise hell if you do not get paid in September. I have to believe though that the outcome will be in your favor….I’d inform all PMA leader peeps about this one. This one needs to go straight to the President of BMI today I’d think.

    #34355 Reply
    MichaelL
    Participant

    I really enjoy earning “double” the money as writer and publisher.

    I do too and that does happen for my for music that’s in RF libraries. I also really enjoy getting paid upfront for my tracks AND getting backend for that music too. So, I do both.

    #34357 Reply
    Art Munson
    Keymaster

    Hey all,

    Update:

    I have been having numerous e-mail exchanges and a long phone conversation with Jackie Simmons, Sr Director of Business Operations at BMI. She has been very open and helpful. According to her, everyone at BMI is very aware of this situation as I am not the only with this problem.

    They have had conversations with Numerator about their not tracking all products. Numerator’s response is that they don’t track pharma (or any company) ad campaigns that are generally single product campaigns without any competition. Numerators business is providing data on ad campaigns for competing products. At least that’s how she and I understand it. She has tried contacting iSpot.tv a couple of times to get a demo on their tracking system but has had little response from them. She also promised that they are not letting go of this as they know they need to solve this. She promised to keep me in the loop.

    Anyway, that is the latest as I know it.

    #35192 Reply
    Art Munson
    Keymaster

    The latest update is that Numerator/Competitrack has started tracking this commercial. Unfortunately their start date is May 2020 so that doesn’t account for the thousands of airings from December 2019 through May 2020. It’s progress though and hopefully Numerator is now tracking all healthcare commercials.

    #35194 Reply
    Music1234
    Participant

    Good news Art, you should be paid for every air date period. I have seen that spot on tv several times this past month or so and I only really watch TV in the evenings for 1 or 2 hours, mostly news.

    BMI should honor the I Spot TV data. If they don’t, we may just have to riot. That spot is no small potatoes especially since the Sheen’s are in the deal. Performance royalties to composers and publishers always come from ad spend. Your music is helping to sell the service single care is offering and they clearly have a BIG ad budget to spend on network and cable TV. The TV networks send a portion of that ad revenue to our PRO’s so we can get paid for those performances. Basically, you are owed 5 figuresin Jan 2021 (Possibly half on the September Payout) based on the data I am seeing below. Congrats….this is a big one!

    https://www.ispot.tv/ad/nf4I/single-care-martin-sheen-saves-on-prescription-drugs

    #35195 Reply
    Art Munson
    Keymaster

    Thanks Music1234. Inching closer! 🙂

    #35196 Reply
    Art Munson
    Keymaster

    WooHoo, more good news!

    Just heard from BMI and they are making a retroactive adjustment for previous airings and getting paid for the 2 million YouTube views. It pays to be a, polite, squeaky wheel.

    #35199 Reply
    Music1234
    Participant

    Great news Art, Let us know if BMI has stated that they will honor I Spot TV data.

    #36020 Reply
    Art Munson
    Keymaster

    A final note on this issue. Just got a big fat deposit in our checking account from BMI. This covers those months from Dec 2019 to May 2020 that Competitrack did not track. BMI senior management really came though on this. I just can’t say enough great things about them!

    #36021 Reply
    Brian Curtin
    Participant

    Congrats Art! Great that the folks at BMI came through on this.

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