Meeting of the Minds

How Collective Management Organizations Remunerate Musicians Worldwide: A Guide for U.S.-Based Songwriters and Performers

Daphne A. Bugelli and Daniel J. Gervais

©2017. Published in Landslide, Vol. 9, No. 5, May/June 2017, by the American Bar Association. Reproduced with permission. All rights reserved. This information or any portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association or the copyright holder.

The glamourous lives of modern music royalty like Taylor Swift and Drake may lead aspiring songwriters and performers to dream of being like their idols: “twenty-five, sittin’ on $25 mil.”1 To help reach that level of success, however, music creators (songwriters and performers) should understand where their revenue comes from and how to maximize it.

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