SXSW Music 2018

SXSW Music 2018

Mar 12 - Mar 18, 2018

Austin, TX

It’s that time of year again – SoundExchange is Austin bound! We’re returning to the South by Southwest® as an official sponsor of the SXSW® 2018 Artist Gifting Lounge, the exclusive place in the Austin Convention Center for SXSW showcasing artists to network, relax, and enjoy complimentary food and drinks.

If you are a SXSW 2018 showcasing artist, be sure to stop by the SXSW Artist Gifting Lounge, open Wednesday, March 14 from 2-6pm, Thursday, March 15 and Friday, March 16 from 11am-6pm, and Saturday, March 17 from 11am-4pm. SoundExchange representatives will be on-site answering all your questions about digital royalties and passing out some sweet swag.

What could be better than collecting swag? Collecting your hard-earned royalties! The SoundExchange Industry Relations team is currently cross-referencing our list of unregistered artists with this year’s SXSW showcasing line-up. Are you on our list of SXSW 2018 showcasing artists with unclaimed SoundExchange royalties?

Don’t leave money on the table! Register as a SoundExchange member today to collect all the digital royalties you deserve on the music you create.

Are you ready to rock with SoundExchange at SXSW Music 2018? We’re hosting the SOUNDExchange SESSIONS at Mohawk on Thursday, March 15 and we’ve got an amazing line-up taking the stage:

Outdoor Main Stage 
Jade Bird: 8:00 PM
Billie Eilish: 9:00 PM
Jukebox the Ghost: 10:00 PM
Alina Baraz: 11:00 PM
Bishop Briggs: 12:00 AM
Cut Copy DJ set: 1:00 AM

Indoor Small Stage 
Lido Pimienta: 8:30 PM
Neil Frances: 9:30 PM
Nina Nesbitt: 10:30 PM
MAX: 11:30 PM

And if you need a reminder of the amazing performances that took place at last year’s SESSIONS . . .

Panels Featuring SoundExchange:

  • The Future of Mechanical Licensing in the US

    Date: Mar 16, 2018

    Time: 12:30-1:30 PM

    Location: Hilton Austin Downtown Salon C

    Featuring: Robert Allen - McKool Smith
    Chris Castle - Christian L Castle Attorneys
    Richard Perna - Song Research & Recovery Services, LLC
    Colin Rushing - SoundExchange
    Charles Sanders - Attorney at Law PC

    Panel Description: The last three years have seen landmark disputes over mechanical licensing for songs, mostly involving Spotify and a few other digital music platforms. Unlike the well-known lawsuits in the Napster and post-Napster era, there has been a “democratization” of infringement claims brought by individual songwriters like Aimee Mann, David Lowery and Melissa Ferrick some of which turned into well-known class actions. In contrast, publishers have largely favored private settlements rather than the courtroom. Hundreds of well-known songwriters or their estates have recently objected to a class action settlement in one of the Spotify class actions, and Spotify was also sued by some independent publishers who opted out of the publishers’ private settlement. The digital services have responded by leveraging a little used loophole in the legacy 1976 Copyright Act allowing them to serve millions of “address unknown” notices on the Copyright Office and exploit these songs on a royalty free basis. These “mass NOIs” total over 50 million, with millions of notices served by Spotify, Google, Amazon, Pandora and several others—although Apple is distinctly absent. The NMPA has proposed starting a mechanical collective licensing organization and abandoning song-by-song NOIs in favor of a safe harbor for digital services, a statutory procedure that has been the law in the US over 100 years. While this collective may help Spotify tell a story to Wall Street for its IPO, is it good policy to make that change for Spotify’s IPO, an event that may be over in a few months but the change in the law could affect songwriters for another 100 years? Is it good business not to? The panel will discuss these issues and the policy prescription for solving one of the pressing problems of the day.