Pat Whitrock

International Spotlight: Canada

The Canadian music market offers great potential for American artists. As a largely English-speaking nation in such close proximity to the US, similar musical tastes and shared culture allow American artists to have continued success selling records, playing gigs and getting radio spins.

Apr 20, 2017

International Spotlight: UK

The UK music market offers tremendous potential for American artists. As the second largest English-speaking music market (behind the US), our friends across the pond offer a great opportunity for additional spins, sales and streams.

Feb 7, 2014

Music Publishing News Weekly Roundup: January 17, 2014

BMI publishers are exploring their options following last December's rate court ruling stating publishers that withdrew their catalog solely for digital licensing on Jan. 1, 2013 are no longer part of any licensing deals that expire as of Jan. 1 2014. They are faced with two options: stay with BMI and hope the DOJ is willing to amend its consent decree or negotiate voluntary licenses at a market rate with music services. While the first option isn't a solution to below-market royalty rates, the second option will drastically change the face of music licensing, which has traditionally been done via copyright collectives.

Jan 17, 2014

Music Publishing News Weekly Roundup: January 10, 2014

The NMPA and Fullscreen have reached an agreement to settle copyright infringement claims the NMPA made regarding the unlicensed use of musical compositions by creators on Fullscreen's multi-channel YouTube network. The settlement will compensate publishers for past uses of their content by opting into the agreement. In the future, Fullscreen will license the use of musical compositions through YouTube's direct licenses with publishers.

Jan 10, 2014

ASCAP EXPO 2014 Discount

Our wonderful friends at ASCAP have extended a discount to Songtrust members interested in attending the ASCAP 'I Create Music' EXPO. This is a great opportunity for artists, songwriters, publishers or really anyone involved in music to hone your craft, meet collaborators, get useful feedback from decision makers and learn from some of the best in the biz.

Jan 8, 2014

Music Publishing News Weekly Roundup: December 20, 2013

BMI prevailed over Pandora in a rate court ruling stating that the Internet radio service’s blanket license does not include compositions controlled by publishers that have withdrawn digital rights from BMI. In other words, unless Pandora removes songs from massive publishers including UMPG, BMG and Kobalt or negotiates direct deals by January 1, it will be in copyright violation.

Dec 20, 2013

Music Publishing News Weekly Roundup: December 13, 2013

Nominations for the 56th Grammy Nominations were announced on Sunday. Nominees for Song of the Year include Just Give Me A Reason, Locked Out Of Heaven, Roar, Royals and Same Love. You can find the songwriters and publishers nominated for their respective songs here.

Dec 13, 2013

Music Publishing News Weekly Roundup: December 6, 2013

Pandora has officially abandoned the Internet Radio Fairness Act - a piece of legislation that would have effectively reduced the royalty rates it pays to songwriters and publishers, as well as performers and labels. Pandora founder Tim Westergren attributed the strategic move to "the low probability that Congress will address this issue in the near term", but strong resistance and bad press from initiatives like ASCAP's #StandWithSongwriters petition and open letter signed by prominent artists opposing the bill was certainly a factor.

Dec 6, 2013

Music Publishing News Weekly Roundup: November 22, 2013

The NMPA has agreed to temporarily shelve its takedown actions toward popular lyric annotation site Rap Genius. Last week, the NMPA sent take-down notices to Rap Genius and 49 other unlicensed lyric sites. However, in light of the site’s announcement of a licensing arrangement with Sony/ATV, both sides have agreed to meet for a productive and mutually beneficial agreement, rather than taking legal action.

Nov 22, 2013