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$.0041

is the amount of money a songwriter makes per-stream on average in the US

¢7.1

cents per dollar is how much US mechanical royalty rates have increased since 1909 even though the cost of living has increased by 2,989.54%

75%

of a songwriter’s standard potential income streams in the US are regulated by the Federal Government

Change will not be easy, and we need your help in advocating for the rights of songwriters.

We are facing some of the largest corporations in the world, with the deepest pockets, and powerful lobbying efforts. SONA is countering this by grassroots political action: assembling our allies, meeting with congressional leaders and executives from all parts of the music industry. And, oh yeah, we sued the Department of Justice!

Current Advocacy Articles

We compile all relevant advocacy issues here as a way to inform our members and mobilize!

    Advocacy, August 4, 2022

    ‘Make Better Data Sexy’ Again: Streaming and Songwriter Groups Team Up for ‘Credits Due’ Initiative

    The songwriting camp aimed to introduce "micro-lessons" about metadata while songwriters worked on new creative projects together.

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    Advocacy, July 27, 2022

    RAP Act Introduced in Congress Would Bar the Use of Lyrics as Evidence in Court Proceedings

    In what is positioned to address a growing issue for music artists, particularly in the hip-hop genre, a new bill has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressmen Hank Johnson (GA-04) and Jamaal Bowman (NY-16).

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    Advocacy, July 18, 2022

    24 Spots

    Songwriting “camps” have been a growing trend in our culture for some time now. They’re often hosted by a producer or a publisher collecting material for a notable artist in the process of making an album.

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    Advocacy, July 7, 2022

    Will The FAIR Act Be Back Next Year? Proponents Say Yes

    The bill, which failed in the California Senate Judiciary Committee on June 28, would repeal a 1987 amendment to the state's "Seven-Year Statute."

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    Advocacy, July 6, 2022

    Pink, Sony Publishing CEO Jon Platt, Busbee to Be Honored at SONA Warrior Awards

    Pink, Sony Music Publishing Chairman/CEO Jon Platt and the late songwriter/producer Busbee will be honored at the Songwriters of North America’s second annual SONA Warrior Awards, taking place as a hybrid celebration comprised of an in-person gala on July 23 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles and a virtual livestream via mandolin.com on July 24.

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    Advocacy, June 27, 2022

    Black Music Action Coalition Issues Damning Report on Country Music’s Scant Black Representation

    The Black Music Action Coalition has issued a report on representation for Blacks and other people of color in mainstream country music, and, probably unsurprisingly to anyone who has followed the genre and some of its attendant racial controversies, the picture painted isn’t a pretty one.

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