Steve Nathan Posted July 4, 2016 Share Posted July 4, 2016 I posted a while ago about the royalties collected by SoundExchange and the fraction thereof that is distributed to recording musicians. That fund is currently under attack, and I'd like to attempt to explain (succinctly), why that should matter to all of us. The short story is that the AFM got in there and fought for a sliver of this money, with the intention of giving it to anyone who plays on a recording but does not get royalties for that recording. Obviously this is a big deal for me because that's how I've earned my living for 40 years. But there are many other ways a recording can become a hit, everything from "upgraded" demos, to "bedroom" recordings that surprise everyone and garner 2 million Youtube hits. The point is, if you've ever recorded music, it has the potential to be successful. The odds may be slim, but if you're lucky enough to win that lottery, you'll wish you'd taken a moment to defend your future income. This fund is being challenged by record producers, who are already collecting royalties "upstream", but feel entitled to reach into the pockets of side musicians and take most of their benefit as well. I posted a copy of a letter I sent, on my web site, with a link to a petition I started, and I want to share it with the KC. PLEASE keep this restricted to just musicians. No Facebook uncles or grandmas allowed CLONK Don't rush me. I'm playing as slowly as I can! http://www.stevenathanmusic.com/stevenathanmusic.com/HOME.html https://apple.co/2EGpYXK Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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