A few words in praise of paying royalties
After I posted my L5 review, which included a few lines about how much I liked “The Blood Covers it All,” written by Belinda Smith and Marty Funderburke, Smith and I exchanged a few emails, including this one that Smith granted me permission to use, with her name, obviously.
As [one of the] songwriters in SG who are not artists, I think we have some unique insight to some of “needs improvement” areas of our industry, especially the areas of artists and labels not paying royalties. I know myself how frustrating it is to work day in and day out writing songs and trying make a house payment, only to open that royalty statement and see that I get paid $17 from a project that has sold thousands and which I have three songs on. (That happened on my last statement and I haven’t felt more defeated in my life.)
There are few staff writers who are, perhaps, financially secure enough to handle the repercussions of naming names and putting the financials on the table for everyone to see, but I am not one of them. I would only be met by lots of criticism telling me this is a ‘ministry’ or I would have labels ban my songs from being put on projects. Yes, I know of this happening.
So, it seems not only appropriate but imperative that I do name names when someone does it right. I have just recently started handling some of my own publishing which makes it necessary for me to handle the contracts and collections myself. Understand that I only have one SG cut in my catalogue so far, so I’m not trying to take anything away from any other artist by writing this. I have one SG experience to tell you about and I hope you’ll let everyone know that Jeff & Sheri Easter have been amazing to deal with. They recorded my song, “Over and Over,” and I couldn’t be more impressed with the integrity they’ve displayed in our dealings. They’ve told me the number of units and sent the royalty payment to my publishing company immediately…we may have even gotten paid royalties before they had the units in hand. That is how timely Sheri has been.
So, to me, it seems only right to give credit where credit is due. I have always been a fan of Jeff & Sheri Easter, the group, while I’ve never known them personally. I am now a fan of the way they handle the business of their ministry. May we all be inspired by the dealings I’ve had with them.
I thought this warranted quoting at length for a number of reasons, not least of which is some good news from a part of the bidness world that can be so dismal.Email this Post