Sony/ATV upgrades royalty portal, plans to launch app

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Sony/ATV Music Publishing has upgraded its royalty portal SCORE, and says it plans to launch a complementary app in the coming months.

The biggest progression in the new portal is that it provides songwriters and their representatives with ‘real-time access’ to their current royalty account, rather than waiting until the end of any statement period.

Account information is constantly updated, enabling Sony/ATV’s songwriters to see their latest earnings as soon as the company receives them – while there is analysis of royalties by song title, income source, time period and territory.

Other benefits include an overview of historic earnings information, plus SCORECARD – which uses  a graphic interface to offer a simple and up-to-date, top-view summary of a writer’s royalties for both current and historic periods.

Sony/ATV Chairman and CEO Martin Bandier said: “As the world’s No. 1 music publisher, Sony/ATV prides itself on providing our songwriters and their teams an unsurpassed level of transparency and service with highly detailed royalty information.

“Additionally, within the next few months we will unveil the complementary SCORE app, further providing them with an unrivalled and groundbreaking insight into both their historic and current period royalties.”

“As the world’s No. 1 music publisher, Sony/ATV prides itself on providing our songwriters and their teams an unsurpassed level of transparency and service with highly detailed royalty information.”

Martin Bandier (pictured)

Rival Kobalt launched its royalty app for songwriters almost exactly a year ago, heralding it as a “fundamental shift in the relationship between rights owners and their data”.

Dale Esworthy, Sony/ATV Senior Vice President, Worldwide Administration, said: “All of the administration teams around the world are proud and pleased with this new release of SCORE not only because it provides writers unparalleled access to their information, but also because it demonstrates to our writers the level of attention we pay to them and their songs. We are honored to represent their work in every corner of the globe, and bring that information to their fingertips.”

Tom Douglas, Sony/ATV Grammy, Oscar and Golden Globe nominated songwriter, said: “The new changes are amazing. The ability to see current earnings almost in real time is so helpful.

“The historical data provides a great snapshot as it relates to my royalties and I particularly love the ‘Song Summary’ tab. The creative relationship with a publisher is obviously critical, but maybe the most under-appreciated part of one’s relationship with the publisher is royalty and accounting.”Music Business Worldwide

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