SoundExchange, the nonprofit performance rights organization that collects and distributes digital performance royalties, recently announced that they would be teaming with MySpace to pay uncollected royalties to artists who’ve posted music on the site.
Now, the organization is announcing plans to attend this year’s biggest music industry conferences, including South by Southwest Conference and the 22nd International Folk Alliance Conference, to register new artists. Representatives from SoundExchange will be on-site to “spread the word about performance rights, and encourage eligible artists and copyright owners to register to receive accrued and future royalties.”
SoundExchange will be represented at the following:
-February 17-21 – 22nd International Folk Alliance Conference – Memphis, TN
-February 24-25 – Digital Music Forum: East – New York, NY
-February 19-20 – Millennium Music Conference – Harrisburg, PA
-March 14-16 – Spring National College Media Convention – New York, NY
-March 17-21 – South By Southwest Music + Media Conference (SXSW) – Austin, TX
More events will be announced in the future.
“With money held for artists representing all genres and levels of celebrity, our schedule of conferences, workshops and award shows will utilize these locations to register and educate musicians and labels on the royalties to which they are entitled,” said Bryan Calhoun, SoundExchange’s Vice President of External Affairs. “Supporting and empowering creators of music by making sure they get paid for their work is our core mission.”
SoundExchange is also registering artists online at: http://www.soundexchange.com.
SoundExchange is the non-profit performance rights organization that collects statutory royalties from satellite radio, internet radio, cable TV music channels and other services that stream sound recordings. The Copyright Royalty Board, which was created by Congress, has entrusted SoundExchange as the only entity in the United States to collect and distribute these digital performance royalties for featured recording artists and master rights owners. SoundExchange currently represents over 5,500 record labels, over 44,000 featured artists, and has paid out more than $360 million in royalties since its creation in 2003.