Music Industry Changes

9 Oct


Allen_20JohnstonArticle by Allen Johnston

Today’s music business is heading rapidly toward entertainment industry structural changes, the laws and regulations we use for our everyday business are morphing into a totally new set.  Greater interest in direct digital licensing among publishers, efforts to establish Pan-European licensing and the creation of a global repertoire database are reshaping the landscape being navigated by Writers, Publishers and  Performing Rights Organizations (ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, etc…) worldwide

Outlets, businesses, independent labels and some major labels are not renewing their digital agreements with the performing Rights Organizations (ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, etc…)  A number of large digital music users, including Clear Channel, Entercom and Sirius XM, have negotiated direct licenses with various music labels in an effort to lower the rates that these services pay for music royalties. Future changes in the entertainment industry will include PRO (Performing Rights Organizations) having smaller revenue bases and possibly charging higher…

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