SoundExchange: An Ally for the Independent Music Community At SoundExchange,

It doesn’t matter if you earn $10 or more than $50,000 each month. Large or small, superstar or rising star, every record label and each artist is treated with equal importance. We fight for the rights of all record labels and recording artists and constantly work to support, protect, and propel the music industry forward. 

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Royalty Payments Simplified
Since our inception, we‘ve paid out more than $2 billion in digital performance royalties. In 2013 alone, we paid $590 million directly to record labels and recording artists.
SoundExchange offers one-stop payments from digital radio services that simplify the royalty payment process for those we serve. In fact, 30 percent of all payments go directly to independent labels and artists. SoundExchange payments are “bottom line” revenue, which we’re told are critical to continued operations for smaller independent labels.

We Help Creators Do What They Do Best
SoundExchange helps independent labels and artists focus on what they do best – create the music we love to listen to, while we focus on the rest. The statutory license we administer for more than 100,000 record label and artists accounts removes unnecessary “back-office” burdens and enables cost-sharing opportunities, including:
Royalty processing and covering rate settings
Royalty accounting
Enforcement, oversight and audits
A Unified Voice
SoundExchange fights for royalty structures that recognize the vital role the creators of music play for digital services. We take full advantage of our presence in Washington, DC where we push for proper recognition of the value of U.S. sound recordings abroad – and overseas.
SoundExchange recognizes that performance royalty payments from digital radio are a vital source of income for independent labels and musicians – as such we are constantly fighting to support and protect the value of music. This includes our ability to represent the entire recorded music industry with a unified voice.

SoundExchange on the Road
Whether it is at A2IM Indie Week, CMJ, New Music Seminar or through our support of A2IM’s presence at MIDEM, the simple fact of the matter is that we are committed to supporting and protecting the advancement of the indie community. We strive to meet as many independent labels and artists as we can, with a focus not only on the work we do for you today, but also the services we can offer tomorrow.

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