Tagged: #soundexchange #se
January 6, 2014 at 3:27 am #14252JayGuest
I registered about 2 years ago and had to jump through a bunch of hoops to do so (personal info/bank info etc.).I have music on Last.fm and have had music on Spotify as well, I also have had college radio and a small amount of FM radio play.I registered all my songs when I signed up but as I wrote more I tried to register new ones but got emails that were vague and confusing about registering new material (so I stopped registering new songs).I opted out of Last.fm’s royalty collecting because of Soundexchange but am now wondering if I shouldn’t have.I’m also getting play with AS’s radio program and they do pay me consistently but I think that’s something different..I’m pretty up on licensing for film and TV but this radio stuff is confusing..if anyone is getting $ from Soundexchange and can explain things I’d greatly appreciate it.I know SE breaks things down and pays performers and I think the writers separately..but most of the time I’m wearing all hats..I’m also with ASCAP but never see anything but my film/Tv royalties from them..
Thanks..JayJanuary 6, 2014 at 6:19 am #14254MichaelLParticipant
SE is authorized by the US Congress to collect royalties for digital transmissions, like Pandora (internet) and Sirius (satellite).
They do not collect from college radio and regular FM.
Not that Wikipedia is the most accurate source of info, but this is a pretty good explanation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SoundExchange
Now, as far as ASCAP is concerned: Back in the 90’s I was a New Age, then Smooth Jazz artist. My two NA CD’s got a lot of airplay on about 150 college stations, for which ASCAP paid NOTHING, because they rarely survey college radio. The explanation that ASCAP gave me was that they don’t charge college radio very much, and the listening audience is too small. My Smooth Jazz CD charted on radio at #45, nationally. ASCAP paid about $135. Same explanation…”we don’t survey those stations much, and/or that format much.”
The silver lining: my radio promotion team had sent copies of my New Age CDs to some digital content providers, like XFM (I think). A few years later I did a search on Soundexchange’s website and discovered that they owed me money. Eventually, they paid around $1,200. Last year, out of the blue, I got another check from SE for $500 for performances that occurred back around 2000-2001.
My experience is that SE does pay, but they lag way behind…like years. Remember that digital transmissions pay fractions of what broadcast pays, so it takes time to reach the threshold for distribution.
I think that Soundexchange has a new system, in which you can view your account online, like ASCAP and BMI. My Smooth Jazz CD from the 90’s is on Pandora now. We’ll see what happens.
Best of luck.
MichaelJanuary 6, 2014 at 9:35 am #14260JayGuest
Thanks Michael…that explains it perfectly 🙂
have you (or anyone) been registering new material as you go?
and if so…how?
JayJanuary 9, 2014 at 5:41 am #14285JayGuest
One more thing on this…I’m in AS’s satellite radio program with 9 songs which pays me consistently but does Soundexchange pay on top of that? I thought I remembered reading that if you’re in the AS thing you still need to register with SE…I just searched for a song of mine that’s getting decent play over there but nothing shows @ SE?
thanks..JayJanuary 10, 2014 at 1:12 pm #1429413onesParticipant
This is definitely a topic that I’m gonna try to bump! If anyone has anymore info on SE i would love to hear it as well!
Thanks MichaelL for the great start!January 16, 2014 at 3:39 am #14342JayGuest
I sent SE an email with a couple questions (registering new material etc.) about a week ago with no response..I really wonder if they got it together over there?January 16, 2014 at 5:56 am #14346MichaelLParticipant
I sent SE an email with a couple questions (registering new material etc.) about a week ago with no response..I really wonder if they got it together over there?
I’ve found that phone calls to SE (and other PROS) work best. To be fair, unless you know an individual at ASCAP or BMI, emails to them can go unanswered for days, weeks or forever.February 9, 2015 at 9:47 am #19955composerParticipant
My “artist” tracks (music that plays on Pandora, sells on iTunes, et. al.) are registered with Soundexchange.
I have never registered my production music tracks with Soundexchange. Am I missing out on royalties for these tracks? (I know BMI pays for Hulu and Netflix.)
Thanks for any information.February 10, 2015 at 11:13 am #19966composerParticipant
bumpFebruary 27, 2016 at 7:06 am #24139Per BoysenParticipant
I have a short question regarding SoundExchange. I’m both “the rights owner” and “the artist” (composing solo artist running my own label), so should I upload both excel sheets to SoundExchange; i.e. in both roles?
And how are you doing with plain media music? So far I have only registered my commercial CD releases with SoundExchange, but the I read in the AudioSparx newsletter about SoundExchange and began wondering if I should also SoundExchange register the music I submit to RF libraries?