NPR DS will prepare, gather and coordinate SoundExchange compliant royalty reporting for entities covered under Corporation for Public Broadcasting and SoundExchange agreement through 2020.

A question I get asked occasionally is what exactly is the interaction between the CPB/SX agreement and other performing rights agencies.

Q: Do SoundExchange reports supersede or replace the reports we file with BMI, ASCAP or SESAC?

SoundExchange agreement extended through 2020

Jan 22, 2016

We are pleased to announce that the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and NPR have reached an agreement with SoundExchange that will continue to allow public broadcasters to stream (music) sound recordings over the Internet for five years starting on January 1, 2016, when the current agreement expires.

Effective January 1, 2015 NPR Digital Services has revised the annual fees for Music reporting services.  NPR Digital Services is the sole reporting service for all radio stations choosing to have their digital performances of music covered by the CPB blanket music licenses. Billing for music reporting will be based on 4th Quarter reporting stations, and any stations that subsequently report.

Syndicated Shows Providing Playlists

May 20, 2013

Syndicated Shows:

One of the benefits of reporting through the CPB/SX agreement via NPR Digital Services is that NPR DS serves as the aggregator of syndicated programming, so they can be included in stations’ quarterly SoundExchange reports. Stations then don’t need to collect and report this data themselves; instead they just need to add the program to their guide schedule.

The Q4 reporting period is approaching, please submit your reports now or before January 5, 2013. Get complete SX reporting details.

Understanding Your SoundExchange Report Status

Jun 29, 2012

FINAL REMINDER: The deadline for submitting your Q2 2011 SoundExchange reporting data to NPR Digital Services is this Friday, July 8, 2011.

Anyhoo, with lots of you submitting reporting data right now, it seems like a good time to review the meanings of the various statuses for your quarterly SoundExchange reports in Composer Basic and Pro. These are the statuses you see on the View Reports screen, which you can get to by clicking on View Reports under the SoundExchange Dashboard in the global Composer navigation.

Here’s how they break down:

New SoundExchange Contact at DS

Jun 25, 2012

After three fun-filled years as the host of this great SoundExchange reporting party, I'm sad to say that I will be leaving NPR Digital Services at the end of this week. My last day here will be this Friday, June 29th.

(Un)fortunately, just because I'm leaving doesn't mean the SoundExchange party will end! Your reporting will continue to work just like it has been, at least through the end of 2015. The only difference will be you'll now have a different SoundExchange contact person here at Digital Services.

Digital Services to Provide SoundExchange Reporting through 2015

Jun 11, 2012

Since 2009, NPR Digital Services (formerly Public Interactive) has served as the reporting agency for public broadcasters covered by the CPB-SoundExchange Webcasting Agreement.

Under the terms of the agreement, CPB pays the fees for the royalties, and public radio stations covered under the agreement report their streaming music usage. CPB will pay these royalties to SoundExchange until the current agreement expires on December 31, 2015.

SoundExchange on Social Media

May 23, 2012

Looking for something new to like on Facebook? Or for a new Twitter account to follow? Or how about a newYouTube channel to subscribe to? Well, then, how’s about hooking up with our friends at SoundExchange viasocial media?

That’s right, everybody’s favorite performing rights organization is very active in the social media world. Here are some of the ways that you can interact with them:

Reporting Syndicated Programming

Nov 17, 2011

Question: What to do if your station streams a syndicated program, particularly a music show, but that show is not listed as one of those that currently provides playlists directly to NPR Digital Services for SoundExchange reporting?

Answer: Two options:

Attention those of you who stream (and report to SoundExchange on) classical music. Consider the following chart that’s based on reporting data from Q1 2011 for stations covered by the CPB-SoundExchange webasting agreement:

This chart reflects the most performed artists as reported by the 300+ stations that we generated SoundExchange reports for in Q1 2011. A “performance” is one transmission of a song to a stream listener (not just spins).