SAG-AFTRA has teamed with SoundExchange, an independent organization that collects and distributes music royalties, to locate some 2,000 of the union’s members who may be owed some $2.3 million in unclaimed royalties for the use of their recordings from over 2,500 streaming radio services. “SAG-AFTRA and SoundExchange conducted an extensive crosscheck between their two databases to identify nearly 2,000 union member performers who are potentially owed royalties,” the union said in a statement today. “A large number of those identified as potentially having royalties collected by SoundExchange on their behalf include actors and comedians, who are likely unaware they are owed money. All members identified are receiving communications via U.S. mail and email alerting them to the waiting money, and directing them to SoundExchange’s simple and free online registration.”
Said SAG-AFTRA National Executive Director David White: “Royalties are an important revenue stream, not just for our recording artist members, but for all our members whose recordings are played on some type of digital platform. Anytime we can assist our members in collecting money for their professional work, we’re happy to help.”
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