August 7, 2019 – Last week, the Congressional Internet Caucus Academy held a panel to explain the complex world of music licensing and royalties.
During the panel, Julia Massimino of SoundExchange
and Curtis LeGeyt of the National Association of Broadcasters debated music royalties for terrestrial radio stations.
By law, artists and songwriters receive compensation differently depending on the type of platform that we use. For example, if you listen to Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind” on an interactive streaming service such as Spotify, Spotify pays performance royalties to artists (Jay-Z) and mechanical royalties to songwriters (Angela Hunte, et al.) for the track. However, if you listen to the exact same song on AM/FM radio, radio stations would only be required to pay mechanical royalties to songwriters (Hunte, et al.), but not performance royalties to artists (Jay-Z).