Dick Huey / SxSW 2016 Presentation with Creeper Lagoon’s Sharky Laguana and Rasmus Rex Pederson

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Dick Huey will present at SxSW 2016 with Creeper Lagoon’s Sharky Laguana, and Rasmus Rex Pedersen from the Danish Rhythmic Music Conservatory.

Panel topic: Making Streaming Royalties Fair(er)

Streaming royalties from subscription services like Spotify, AppleMusic, and others are distributed using the “Big Pool” (pro-rata) distribution method. There are questions as to whether this method of royalty distribution is fair or even in the best interests of the music industry (artists, labels, and services). A new approach is the “Subscriber share” model. Subscriber share distributes royalties based on the plays of each individual subscriber instead of pro-rata across all subscribers. Can the subscriber share approach to royalty distribution increase royalties for artists with fan bases as music streaming services start to scale?