Meet Soundstr, the Tech Startup Trying To Streamline Performing Rights Royalty Payments

Royalty payments for songwriters and musicians aren't what they used to be. And while new technologies can be blamed for some of the downturn, Soundstr, a tech startup based in Cincinnati, has sought to streamline the process by which performing rights royalties are collected. We corresponded with musician and Soundstr founder Eron Bucciarelli-Tieger via email about their service and how it affects independent songwriters. Wehn did you become passionate about this issue? Prior to founding Soundstr, I was one of the founding members, co-songwriters and the drummer in the platinum-selling rock band, Hawthorne Heights. One night, towards the end of my career, I found myself settling a concert with a promoter. All of the typical deductions were there: Sound, Lights, Security, Performing Rights Fees, Catering, Insurance, etc. Having been through a nasty lawsuit with our first label, I learned quite a bit about copyright. Our band was also at a point in our career where we had to be more mindful of our various income streams and expenses. So on this night, the Performing Rights Fees jumped out at me. This is something I had seen a thousand times before, but with the framework I just described. I now knew what the fee actually was, why it was…

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