SoundExchange pays out record sum to labels, artists


The sound recording digital performance rights organization announced a Q3 distribution of $122.5 million, marking its largest payment to recording artists and record labels to date. In total, SoundExchange has paid an unprecedented $326.9 million in 2012, which represents the first three quarters of 2012 and is $30 million more than all of 2011.

SoundExchange collects and distributes performance royalties from non-interactive digital music services for artists and record labels for the use of their sound recordings.  Since inception, SoundExchange has paid more than $1 billion in royalties to the creators of music. In addition, SoundExchange now works with more than 2,000 digital music services that rely on it to administer the statutory license for the use of sound recordings.

“This distribution represents yet another record-setting quarter for SoundExchange, but means so much for the recording artists and record labels that rely upon this growing revenue stream. Musicians and rights owners – both superstars and rising stars – have come to depend on these royalty payments,” said Michael Huppe, president, SoundExchange.  “We are proud to help facilitate this growth and are passionate about our work in protecting this revenue stream, and moving the music and creative community forward.”