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SXSW EDU 2020

Teaching Artist Royalties to Creators and Startups

Royalty rates, royalty reporting and earnings are some of the least understood--yet most important--parts of a creator's career or a startups nightmare. Understanding royalties is as important as understanding how to balance your checkbook. Starting with metadata and simple revenue streams, leading to complex calculations and government run compulsory licenses and sometimes impenetrable royalty statements, the workshop gives educators tools and building blocks to teach the subject.

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  1. Learning the basic royalty payments for recording artists and songwriters.
  2. Showing building blocks for good metadata and good accountings to show students how to find their own solutions.
  3. Understanding the system from the music service's point of view to create a licensing roadmap overlay to the service's product launch roadmap.

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Christian Castle, Founder, Christian L. Castle, Attorneys

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