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Post by Sam Spoons »

What do we think of this business model?
https://royaltyfreemusicradio.com/
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The composer waives royalties in favor of 20% of subscription revenue.

A couple of thoughts:

* So if I get a song played in Pete's Place Italian Food Ristorante on Tuesday evening, 20% of subscription revenue, shared out amongst all the other wannabes works out to...?

* They must have a filter/selection process for submissions. How high's the bar? Or, put another way, how bad can you be and still get your pennies?

* By requiring the business to play nothing other than their playlists, they're ensuring that listeners will hear nothing they recognize. That could come across as refreshing, or really, really boring.

* I wonder if they prioritize favorites? Do you get played more often if you sound like Adele?

Okay, I just listened to a handful of tunes, and it all sounds more pro, more commercial, than anything I've ever done. So it's not fronting bedroom producers. I'd be curious to know who supplies them music.
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Post by BWC »

Haven't found any way in from the artist side, but looks like these are the folks behind it.
https://www.partnersinrhyme.com/pir/About.shtml

*Edit - Just saw where it says,
"please contact Mark directly
• if you are a composer looking to place your work
• if you have a new business venture you'd like to discuss
• if you are a media representative looking for information"
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Post by OneWorld »

I click on the links and all I get is an 'access denied' page?
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Is it a scam then?
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Post by blinddrew »

It's an interesting alternative model I think. Definitely worth a look.
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Post by James Perrett »

Isn't it a bit like Muzak for the 21st century?
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Surely Muzak was re-arrangements and recordings of well-known songs? Whereas this appears to be an opportunity to play original and unknown songs?
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blinddrew wrote: Sat Oct 23, 2021 12:31 pm Surely Muzak was re-arrangements and recordings of well-known songs? Whereas this appears to be an opportunity to play original and unknown songs?

You could well be right - though the target market appears similar.
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Post by blinddrew »

True. Background music is a huge market though! :)
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Post by MOF »

This might explain the music playing in my local gym’s changing rooms. Only one track got someone humming along in all the time I’ve noticed the change in content, which is a few months now.
I must Shazam a track and see if it’s recognised.
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Post by ManFromGlass »

This smacks of another method of taking advantage of composers.
Do you think it’s 20% before or after expenses? And as we’ve seen in Hollywood accounting those expenses can eat up all revenues in the biggest of hits.
I’d also wonder how accurately play counts are tracked. I’d be curious if the composers sign over ownership of their tracks, in which case the new owner can do anything with those tracks including reselling them onwards, creating private libraries, licensing them to films and third parties etc.

Personally I would not go to a restaurant that plays it’s own commercials every few minutes.
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