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Sony Songwriters Stuck in Old Slave Deals Also To See Relief

Can you imagine trying to recoup your songwriting advance for 2 decades so that you can get out of your pub deal and start writing for yourself again???

Last June, Sony Music Group made the landmark announcement that it would no longer apply existing unrecouped balances to earnings for eligible artists who were signed prior to the year 2000, and who hadn’t received advances since.

Now Sony is also extending this relief to their songwriter roster as well! The primary edict from that initiative, The Legacy Unrecouped Balance Program, was extended to songwriters in July, with Sony Music Publishing (SMP) revealing that it too would disregard unrecouped balances for qualifying songwriters.

Now, Sony Music Group is expanding its unrecouped balance program to even more artists and songwriters.

From here moving into the future, SMG is expanding the program on a rolling basis, to eligible unrecouped artists and songwriters globally who have been with Sony Music for over 20 years, and haven’t received an advance in over two decades.

Qualifying artists, songwriters and participants will be notified of their eligibility later this year.

Sony’s enhanced program, which kicks off this autumn, will begin with qualifying artists and songwriters who signed to SME prior to the year 2001 and have not received an advance from the year 2001 forward.

Pre-2001 participants who qualify will be eligible to receive streaming and other royalty earnings generated on or after January 1, 2022.


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