SGA and MCNA oppose freezing royalty rates - why doesn't NSAI?
The SGA has joined with Music Creators North Amercia (MCNA) in sending letters to the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board asking that songwriters have a voice in how much they will be paid for their physical mechanical royalty rates. Recently streaming companies and large music publishers have asked to have royalty rates to songwriters frozen for the foreseeable future. Meanwhile independent songwriters and small publishers have been left out of talks even though these are the very people owed the royalties.
If this sounds like the fox is being put in charge of the hen house... well... it gets worse. An organization known as the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) sided with publishers and streaming companies to freeze, rather than try to raise, rates to songwriters. You can see the Tweet about the NSAI, here.