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SXSW Music 2014

Makin' Cents: Why Microcents Count

Why do microcents count? There are a sea of acronyms: SESAC, BMI, ASCAP, AARC, SRCO, PRO and more, and the world of collecting all the royalties due to you is murky and unorganized at best. This panel will go over the reasons why folks need to sign up for these organizations, and why putting a bucket underneath the drip of each revenue stream is key to creating a world where you as an artist can float your own boat.

Services like Pandora, In-Store Radio, SiriusXM, Terrestrial Radio, iTunes, EMusic, Spotify, Rdio, and more are creating royalties every time your music gets played, but if you haven't signed up to collect those royalties, you're left upstream in a dry creek bed.

With folks from Ghostly International & Ghostly Songs, SongTrust, SoundExchange, RightsFlow/Google, In-Store Music Providers, and the Future of Music Coalition, we'll not only educate you as to how to get signed up (it is easy), but how to then go about working with these services in your favor.

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  1. Why are microcent royalties important to me - if they're only small amounts, does it even matter if I sign up?
  2. How do I know that this agency isn't misrepresenting me? How can I be sure?
  3. What do these services do? What are they collecting for?
  4. My music sells overseas very well, how do I collect on royalties due to me?
  5. Does the law require that I sign up?



Jeremy Peters, Dir, Creative Licensing + Bus Affairs, Ghostly International + Ghostly Songs

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