Nashville artists and songwriters will gain a chance to hear about TuneCore from its Founder/CEO Jeff Price on February 27 in a free presentation entitled “Every Artist’s Six Legal Copyrights: How They Generate Money, Where Your Money Is and Why You Aren’t Getting It.” There will be Q&A during the discussion and a meet & greet after the event which will take place at the Embassy Suites Commodore Room, located at 1811 Broadway, Nashville from 5:30-9 p.m. To RSVP email: [email protected]
Price will also be interviewed by Belmont University’s Harry Chapman earlier that day at the Massey Performing Arts Center. (A link to information about both Feb. 27 events can be found here.)
According to Price, “In 2009 and 2010, TuneCore Artists and songwriters sold over 400 million units of music generating over $170 million dollars in gross music sales.” TuneCore describes its services saying, “TuneCore goes direct with music services to collect digital public performance royalties for songwriters…which brings the songwriter earnings of up to 25% more with complete transparency and an audit trail. When you use TuneCore for distribution, we can use your distribution information to assure they are paying every penny owed to the songwriter.” TuneCore monitors on the songwriter’s behalf, but does not collect royalties for non-digital public performances which are collected by ASCAP/BMI/SESAC.
(For a complete list of royalties collected by TuneCore click here.)
Price, who has appeared in national press outlets like the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, ABC News and CNN, has been a strong advocate for songwriter rights and claims that the mechanical royalties due from streams, downloads (outside of the US & Mexico) and physical sales are not being collected fully for songwriters. “The digital stores that stream and sell downloads do not have your songwriter information,” Price warns. “Therefore the money goes unclaimed. The TuneCore Songwriter Service registers your information with the stores, song by song, so you get paid. We also license and collect royalties for print, ringtones, synchronization fees (for film and TV licenses) and collect directly from some digital stores for streaming performances.”
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