The rights of songwriters are under attack. Pandora Media
Inc., which controls 70% of the US streaming market, has launched an aggressive
campaign to pay songwriters and composers less than a fair market share for
their work – even as the company’s revenue and listener base has soared.
As songwriters and composers, we value the opportunities Pandora and
other music streaming companies create for our music to reach new audiences. In
return, we want Pandora to value our contribution to your business.
Right now, a song that is streamed on Pandora 1,000 times, earns the
songwriter only 8 cents on average. And yet, Pandora is going to great lengths
– even taking songwriters to court – to pay us even less.
Music drives Pandora’s business. If the company’s revenues keep getting
larger, why should the rate it pays songwriters keep getting smaller?
Songwriters are not the enemy. Instead of fighting to pay music creators
less than a fair market rate, join us in an effort to construct fair music
licenses that allow songwriters and composers to thrive alongside the
businesses that revolve around our music.
Songwriters deserve fair pay. If you agree, commit a tweet
and help send this message to incoming Pandora CEO Brian McAndrews.