Music Business

Copyright Royalty Board officially sets new songwriter royalty rates

On Friday, December 30th, the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) officially accepted a negotiated music industry settlement that sets songwriters’ streaming royalty rates from January 1st, 2023, through 2027.

Songwriters and music publishers will receive a phased-in rate based on U.S. streaming service revenue of:

  • 15.1% in 2023
  • 15.2% in 2024
  • 15.25% in 2025
  • 15.3% in 2026
  • 15.35%. in 2024

The settlement was initially negotiated amongst a wide-ranging group of music industry trade groups, including the National Music Publishers’ Association and the Digital Media Association representing major streaming services, including Spotify, Amazon Music, and others.

Read the full final CRB ruling here.

Bruce Houghton is the Founder and Editor of Hypebot and MusicThinkTank, a Senior Advisor at Bandsintown, President of the Skyline Artists Agency, and a professor for the Berklee College Of Music.

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