August 20, 2019
This summer, SoundExchange’s President and CEO Michael Huppe attended MIDEM, an annual international music conference and networking event in Cannes, France. As a first time speaker, Huppe joined Paul Brindley of Music Ally for a Q&A session titled “Unifying Data in a Distributed, Digital World,” where they discussed how SoundExchange is working to standardize industry data and simplify the challenges digital service providers (DSPs) are facing with increased amounts of data in their systems.
“Part of what drives us at SoundExchange is removing friction and making things work better,” Huppe said. They discussed the tools SoundExchange has created to support DSPs. One of those tools is the International Standard Recording Code (ISRC) Search, which allows creators and music users to identify sound recordings for easier reporting and royalty payments. Additionally, Huppe explained how SoundExchange’s approach to data helps to standardize information across the entire music industry, helping to ensure money is distributed fairly and accurately to music creators.
Huppe closed the discussion by sharing how SoundExchange is advocating for a terrestrial performance right for recordings that are played on AM/FM radio. It was an honor to participate in this year’s conference and continue to spread the word about the work SoundExchange does every day to ensure music creators are paid for their hard work.