SoundExchange Breaks The $3 Billion Mark
August 5, 2015 at 6:13 AM (PT)
SOUNDEXCHANGE has paid more than $3 billion in digital royalties to recording artists and record labels since the organization became a wholly independent non-profit in 2003. The company notes, "this achievement signifies the explosive growth of the digital radio space and the crucial role digital radio plays in the music revenue ecosystem."
“Three billion dollars in distributions marks a phenomenal milestone not just for SOUNDEXCHANGE, but for the entire music industry,” said Pres./CEO MICHAEL HUPPE. “While we celebrate this great achievement, SOUNDEXCHANGE continues to advocate for every artist and label to be paid fairly whenever their music is used on every platform. There are platforms that are currently not paying a dime for the music they use to build their billion dollar empires and the future of music depends on all creators being paid fairly for their hard work and creativity.”
In 2014, SOUNDEXCHANGE paid $773 million directly to more than 100,000 recording artists and record label accounts. Those 2014 payments represented approximately 16% percent of total revenues for the entire U.S. recorded music industry.
“SOUNDEXCHANGE’s $3 billion in payments is a tremendously important achievement for our industry. Their continued investment in technology and systems reinforces their leadership position in terms of efficiency and transparency, providing an example of how effective the music industry can be,” said A2IM Acting Pres. MOLLY NEUMAN.