The executive director of Nashville Songwriters Association International sent a blistering letter Wednesday to the CEO of Sony Music over the record company’s decision to intervene in rate-setting hearings for digital services such as Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal.
Songwriters and publishers are in the early stages of pleading their case for an increase in royalty rates for interactive streaming services. Sony Music is the only record label to intervene in the case. NSAI Executive Director Bart Herbison said in his letter to CEO Doug Morris that Sony’s “proposal to the (Copyright Royalty Board) would actually lower the rates songwriters currently receive from digital interactive streaming services.”
Morris has said his goal is to increase the rate that Spotify, Apple and other interactive streaming services pay.