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By BH in General

Tuesday’s Donations: $0  (### Back on air when the royalty bill is paid)

Please give us your support as soon as possible, so we may be finished on time at the end of this month.  Bills need to be paid on time!  As well, the 4th of July Holiday weekend will start on July 1st thru the 4th, so we definitely need to be finished on time so we do not lose any airtime!

June 15th – Internet Bill – Paid;

June 27th – Royalty Bill Due $367

June 30th – End of month Bills Due $500

Any days without a donation the music will be off the air the next day until we get some support; any days over $100 in donations will load the full playlist in appreciate of the support……

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October 1, 2016
By BH in General

Just before the holiday break 2015 the CRB (Copyright Royalty Board) handed down the decision on new royalty rates for all webcasters. Prior to this decision there was a special CONGRESSIONAL LAW titled the “Small Webcasters Agreement of 2009” or SWA which made these insanely expensive royatly fees affordable and kept innovative programmers and new emerging artists on the air. (The SWA expired on Jan, 1 2016 at midnight ) They are now being SHUT DOWN by the tens of thousands.. Nearly 100,000 small webcasters will go off the air without YOUR help!

With this new ruling by the CRB there was NO provision for small webcasters and the prognosis is not good for about 100,000 United States small internet stations. The old rates under the Small Webcasters Agreement of 2009 (set by congress) were adequate, as long as you didn’t make over $1.25 million a year and had less than 5 million listener hours monthly. These NEW rates, albeit lower, apply to everyone and there is NO provision for the small webcaster. These new rates are effective January 1 2016, but we can change this if we act NOW!

Here’s how this insane system works:

The new royalty rates apply to EVERY COMMERCIAL BROADCASTER at .0017 per performance. If you had 1000 listeners on at all times, each song would cost you $1.70 to play. If you play 15 songs an hour, the royalties alone are $25.50 an HOUR! That’s $612.00 per DAY and $223,380.00 per year.

Here’s the reality:

In stream advertising rates are currently $1.69 per thousand impressions. That means if there are 1000 people on line and hear an ad (commercial), you make a whopping $1.69 (less 60%). That is the “going rate” nationwide. With 8 commercials an hour, (we will use 1000 listeners as a basis here).  and 1000 listeners plus a 100% “fill rate” (meaning all 1000 listeners receive an ad), you would make $13.52 an hour, less 60% commission leaving $8.11 net revenue per hour.

It doesn’t add up and it’s designed that way:

Net Income is $8.11 minus SoundExchange royalties $25.50 = ($17.39)
That is negative income of ($17.39) per hour.. That adds up to a net loss of ($152,366.40) annually in negative cash flow.

No small business can survive this.

This does not include royalty rates from ASCAP, BMI, SOCAN or SESAC, music purchases, overhead, employees (really?), computer hardware, software, web and stream hosting costs..

The kicker? 

AM & FM radio pays ZERO!! They are EXEMPT from these royalties. Could you imagine if an FM station had to pay over $2 Million in annual performance royalties for every 10,000 listeners in their market? The airwaves would be silent! The only difference between AM & FM and webcasting is how the audio is delivered. I don’t care how you monetize, a small webcaster can’t come close to breaking even under these rates and neither can AM & FM. (That’s why they’re EXEMPT)

We’d be better off sending our listeners each a check for $200 and telling them to go out and buy some CD’s

Webcasting is the only businesses where a large audience is far more likely to be a liability than an asset. Who would possibly want that?

This is crony capitalism at it’s finest. Internet radio was just regulated out of business in the dead of night just before the holiday break. We were told, ” you’re done.” It shouldn’t be like this. Everyone deserves to be heard.

RAIN news stated that deliberations were going on for two years.. Really? NO small webcaster knew.. No small webcaster was notified. NPR was notified, Pandora, Spotify, Sirius/XM, college and high school radio was represented as well.  ( they receive special rates for royalties the small webcaster is not privy to)

The small webcaster was NOT represented.

Small webcasters were not represented because they cannot afford to be represented. If they could they wouldn’t need Small Webcaster Agreement of 2009 to begin with. If one’s future were being decided in a court of law one would at least get a court appointed attorney. But there’s no such provision in copyright court. That should be a eye opening concern – an entire segment of the industry is effectively denied representation in government hearings that decide their future. In my mind that ought to be grounds for a lawsuit. But of course if one could afford a lawsuit one could afford to have been represented.

What kind of insane, screwed up system is it where an organization does not have any way of knowing at all what their cost of doing business will be beyond two weeks into the future? How are any of these radio stations supposed to make any operational or business decisions when one doesn’t know what one’s expenses will be or even whether one will even be able to remain in business? Why isn’t there some law that requires advance notice? It isn’t like nobody knew that rates for 2016 would need to be set. What were these people doing? Why did they sit on their butts and wait until the very last minute with no announcement? Are they afraid that the small webcasters will go back to Congress before the decision takes effect as they did in years past?

And of course this will kill niche formats and reduce opportunities for small and niche artists. The big corporate webcasters will just strike direct licensing deals with the major mass market labels. So new artists will not only have the usual struggle just to be noticed by programmers their music will be more expensive to play because they are too obscure to make it worth anybody’s while to cut a direct license deal. Most new and niche artists would gladly swap the pennies they get in SoundExchange royalties for wider exposure. It is the small and niche stations that provide such artists their best opportunity of getting airplay and exposure. And with small stations off the air those artists, even if they did prefer royalties over exposure, won’t likely get anything at all from SoundExchange. That will probably make SoundExchange’s bookkeeping easier not having to mess with tracking royalties for all those names that nobody ever heard of before except for freaks who listen to “pesky small” stations.

The end result is that major label music has less competition from unsigned artists. Despite their posturing and professed concern about “artists” the only artists the major labels are concerned with are those they have under contract. All other artists are long tail competitors and thus a potential threat. If an emerging artist can build up an audience and following without signing with one of the major labels – then what are the labels good for in a digital world?

The whole thing stinks from beginning to end from the lack of representation of small webcasters to waiting until the very last minute. Where is the oversight? Who holds these people accountable? It seems to me that maybe this needs to once again be brought of the attention of Congress.

In conclusion:

We are asking congress to step in quickly and put an INDEFINITE STAY on the Small Webcasters Agreement of 2009 OR DISCONTINUE RADIO ROYALTIES altogether and represent the tens of thousands of small webcasters facing execution. All radio stations PROMOTE the artist being played.. It’s a trade off that has been in place for decades. This is reverse payola..  AM & FM pays nothing, why should anyone else?

The THOUSANDS of companies and radio outlets affected:
All shoutcast stations,
All icecast stations
All live365 stations stations
iTunes internet radio.
Windows Media Guide
Car radios and players on the internet..
The list goes on & On

The execution has started already with live365 shutting down operations, firing their staff and vacating their offices, January 1 2016. There’s still some time to save the rest of us, Please help! Sign the petition and save net radio.

By BH in General
Dear Jeff,

PRONETLicensing Affiliate

You are receiving this E-mail because we want to provide info on Music Rates For Affiliates in 2016

We are still trying to see what we will have available for you in 2016. We pride ourselves on a ‘one-stop-shop’ for music royalties. That is why we provided in 2015 BMI, ASCAP, SOCAN, SESAC, and SoundExchange service to you.
Timeline for Jan 2016 rates: 

We started the negotiations with all the PROs but at least one ASCAP has not provided what we think is fair to you, so no agreement is in place for them yet for 2016, but we have asked them to reply ASAP.  Almost all the PROs are on holiday leave until Jan 4, 2016, and there is not much we can do to discuss this with them until then for ASCAP.  So, you again will have to stop playing ‘All’ ASCAP music.  You are not be covered for ASCAP songs, and as it is today will not be for Jan 2016 until we get more from them about their rate, and notify you.

BMI has songs and many artist will put their songs with BMI and ASCAP, but usually it has been one PRO or the other not both, but in the last couple of years, many artists have joined both PROs, so when their songs are played royalties are paid, so the song you are playing might be covered by BMI, but again it is usually the CD, album cover that indicates the song, and if the artist has the song at both places it would be covered, but the recording media is what I suggest you use as the determinant for which PRO the song belongs to.

Your existing rate in 2016: 

What you pay now monthly will remain as we see it.  If you pay $23.50 it will be the same, but extras will be added to accommodate new rate changes, especially add-ons for ASCAP  and as below SoundExchange (what they provide as new rates to us gets invoiced to you in Jan 2016).

Rates SoundExchange 2016:

As you know  the SoundExchange rate that makes it legal to play your songs on the Internet is as we know it now and in our E-mails in the last week will be $500/yr, but must be paid in full and  directly invoiced to you. This is how I think we should do this, and allow you to keep your station is for us to send a separate invoice to you for SoundExchange.  You will have to pay that amount, which will cover you for a year, and is nonrefundable, because that is how SoundExchange provides it to us.

PRONETLicensing will need to accept your payment for SoundExchange through a one-time invoice payable through PayPal by 12-20-2015.    We will pay it to SoundExchange.  But, they required this one-time annual $500, which is about $50/month extra you’re paying for your station, but the problem is that SoundExchange also requires your station to pay performance fees.

This means that if you have 50 listeners tuned-in hearing a single song playing that will be 50 performances, and has a rate of $.0017×50 per performance for that song, but you might be playing 1000 different songs in a monthx50 listeners tuned in each time=50,000 performancesx$.0017 =$85/month additional in performance fees, just for SoundExchange, so now if you are on the $23.50 plan it will be that plus $85.00=$108.50/month.

If we add ASCAP (see below) it will be whatever their new Jan 2016 rate is invoiced on to you.  If you have to go direct with ASCAP, it will require for a low plan with them approx. $240/yr one-time payment, but you’ll have to do your own reports, and will probably be on a sessions basis instead of the ATH usage and/or for larger plans you might not want to do that, so that is why it is good to see if we can negotiate a better rate.

PayPal charges us a percentage% when you make a payment to us, so when you pay us that percentage is deducted.  We do not want to lose any of you as a customers, so we proposal that for all affiliates who pay the $500, we will not add that cost to your invoice.  PRONETLicensing will pay it.  Let’s say PayPal deducted $5.00 when you pay the invoice, we will be short $5.00, but we want all affiliates to know we will pay this one-time extra $5.00 without adding it on to your $500 invoice, so you will remain with us.

ASCAP 2016 rates:
We hope we can do ASCAP for you in some way, not sure how yet as above, and we are waiting for their reply sent to them 12-22-2015 requesting a counter-offer, again now waiting ourselves until Jan 4,  2016 because of the holidays.We hope we will not lose you as an affiliate by going direct, and hope we can negotiate a better rate.

BMI  song search: all searches you will need the name of the artist and the song, if the song is there you will use it or not depending on if it is or is not ASCAP.Reducing song plays:
The only thing you can do to keep your station is to know you will have to pay in this way.  You can decrease listeners until you see how your performance are adding up.  Or if you have enough revenue pay as above and keep your station going as usual.So for Jan 1, 2016 this is what we will do: Send invoices with the current rate, add a one-time invoice for SoundExchange $500/yr, calculate your performance fees for you beginning Jan 1, 2016, and you will pay accordingly.  This will help you keep your station up in the meantime, while we all including yourself try things out for calculating the new per performance fees.Until told you do not use any ASCAP music on your station.  We do not want to have to make refunds of the SoundExchange fees, but again they are non-refundable, and we will refund it on a case-by-case basis, and it would be due by 01-20-2016, which will be on the invoice.

Hope this helps. We will update you ASAP as we get more.  We will work with each PRONETLicensing affiliate for your needs or questions, when you have them.  Remember the idea is to not close your station, but to maybe decrease listeners and hours played until we all can get through this, and know what actual monthly payments to expect.
If you have requested cancellation please be patient and do not panic or close your station in hastily.  We think we can all get through this, and as of today we are still waiting for a reply from SoundExchange (but SoundExchange will probably not change) and ASCAP will have its own fee added, but by how much we expect to be by your usage.  Again, don’t panic or make a hasty decision to close your station.  Try to identify songs you use and put them in rotation accordingly.

Sincerely yours,

Signed: Kathy Allen – President
K.R.’s Processing Inc./
PO Box 2488 – Washington, DC 20013-2488
[202) 436-9763]
We will update you when we have more.  Please put in a support ticket using your clientarea, if you have a specific question.  Thank you for your patience.
Thank you for being an affiliate with us PRONETLicensing and enjoy your station.
Kathy Allen
KRS Processing Inc/PRONETLicensing

By BH in General

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