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

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.

Time for Q3 2012 SoundExchange

Aug 3, 2012
Jason Dunn

It seems like just yesterday we were working on Q2. You may now safely submit your Q3 reports. While updates will be posted at this location, you can still find information on the old SoundExchange blog. Thanks for your work on Q2 and enjoy the rest of your summer.

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.

SoundExchange Reporting Fee Structure

Jun 11, 2012

Starting October 1, 2012 (with the Q4 2012 reports) NPR Digital Services will charge all stations covered by the CPB-SoundExchange Webcasting Agreement an annual fee for SoundExchange reporting services. The amount of the fee, and invoicing timing and method, will depend on the station affiliation.

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).

Streaming Portions of Syndicated Programs

Apr 1, 2011

Does your station regularly air or stream only portions of a multi-hour syndicated program and, if so, have you ever wondered how you can get the correct playlists integrated into your SoundExchange reports? Well,wonder no more!