Sony/ATV Music Publishing Unveils Newly Enhanced Songwriter Royalty Portal

Sony/ATV Music Publishing has introduced a number of upgrades to its state-of-the-art royalty portal SCORE, giving its songwriters access to the most comprehensive and transparent data available about their earnings.

Developed by the world’s leading music publisher, the enhanced portal provides songwriters and their representatives with real-time access to their current royalty account, rather than waiting until the end of any statement period. Account information will be constantly updated, enabling Sony/ATV’s songwriters to see their latest earnings as soon as the company receives them.

Detailed data about current earnings is available alongside an unparalleled overview of historic earnings information that can be searched and organized by song title, income source, time period and territory.

Another new feature is SCORECARD, which uses a graphic interface to offer a simple and up-to-date, top-view summary of a writer’s royalties for both current and historic periods. Through SCORECARD clients can also drill down further to access in-depth information about their earnings in unrivalled granular detail.

In the near future Sony/ATV will release a SCORE app, which will greatly improve the experience of using the portal on a smart phone or tablet.

Sony/ATV Chairman and CEO Martin Bandier said: “As the world’s No. 1 music publisher, Sony/ATV prides itself on providing our songwriters and their teams an unsurpassed level of transparency and service with highly detailed royalty information. Additionally, within the next few months we will unveil the complementary SCORE app, further providing them with an unrivalled and groundbreaking insight into both their historic and current period royalties.”

Dale Esworthy, Sony/ATV Senior Vice President, Worldwide Administration, said: “All of the administration teams around the world are proud and pleased with this new release of SCORE not only because it provides writers unparalleled access to their information, but also because it demonstrates to our writers the level of attention we pay to them and their songs. We are honored to represent their work in every corner of the globe, and bring that information to their fingertips.”

Tom Douglas, Sony/ATV Grammy, Oscar and Golden Globe nominated songwriter, said: “The new changes are amazing. The ability to see current earnings almost in real time is so helpful. The historical data provides a great snapshot as it relates to my royalties and I particularly love the ‘Song Summary’ tab. The creative relationship with a publisher is obviously critical, but maybe the most under-appreciated part of one’s relationship with the publisher is royalty and accounting.”

SCORE is the biggest and most comprehensive royalty portal in music publishing, incorporating more songs and more songwriters than any other comparable system. It is powered by Sony/ATV’s industry-leading TEMPO system and offers a state-of-the-art, global centralized database, highly accurate and transparent data from an ever-growing number of income sources worldwide, and unrivalled analysis of royalties by song title, income source, time period and territory.

The portal is overseen by an administration team which utilizes Sony/ATV’s worldwide network of local creative and administration teams, giving its clients both global reach and a personal touch. The company’s songwriters and their teams are able to obtain administrative support in their own territory directly from local administration staff, all of whom are experts in their field and have a passion for the music they represent. In addition, they are able to utilize their close relationships with the relevant societies and their colleagues around the world to accurately register songs and collect royalties.

These improvements to Sony/ATV’s royalty systems run alongside its unequaled strengths as the world’s No. 1 music publisher in areas such as A&R and synch, while managing a peerless song catalog and a roster of songwriters, including many of the greatest music talents of all time and a number of today’s global superstars. The portal upgrades are part of ongoing efforts to ensure the company’s songwriters are provided with a level of service and transparency unmatched in music publishing.