ASCAP relaunches royalty admin services arm Songwize

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The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has relaunched its administration services business, Songwize. The business offers rightsholders such as major and independent music publishers a royalty administration service for digital platforms. It processes and matches performance files and pays royalties in accordance with ASCAP distribution policy and rules, and has been in…

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Spotify Softens Stance on Windowing New Music In Exchange For Lower Royalty Rates: Report


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