Sony/ATV reveals improvements to its writer royalty portal

Sony/ATV reveals improvements to its writer royalty portal

Sony/ATV Music Publishing has announce details of a series of upgrades to its royalty portal Score.

Score gives the publisher’s songwriters access to the most comprehensive and transparent data available about their earnings. Rather than waiting until the end of a statement period, the enhanced portal provides songwriters and their representatives with real-time access to their current royalty account. Account information will be constantly updated, enabling Sony/ATV songwriters to see their latest earnings as soon as the company receives them.

Detailed data about current earnings is available alongside an unparalleled overview of historic earnings information that can be searched and organised by song title, income source, time period and territory.

Also unveiled is a new feature called Scorecard, which uses a graphic interface to offer a summary of a writer’s royalties for both current and historic periods. This also enables users to access in-depth information about their earnings in fine detail.

In the coming months Sony/ATV will release a Score app, which will further improve the experience of using the portal on a smart phone or tablet. 

Developed by Sony/ATV, Score is the biggest and most comprehensive royalty portal in music publishing, incorporating more songs and more songwriters than any other comparable system. It is powered by the company’s Tempo system and offers a state-of-the-art, global centralised database, highly accurate and transparent data from a growing number of income sources worldwide. 

An administration team that utilises Sony/ATV’s worldwide network of local creative oversees the portal and administration teams. The company’s songwriters and their teams are able to obtain administrative support in their own territory directly from local administration staff, all of whom are experts in their field and have a passion for the music they represent.

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.”

Dale Esworthy, Sony/ATV SVP, worldwide administration, added: “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.”

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