Songwriters sign open letter for fair pay

Taylor Swift Ed Sheeran

Over 2000 songwriters for Madonna, Stormzy ,Ed Sheeran, One Direction, Calvin Harris Taylor Swift,Dua Lipa, Kylie and The Saturdays have signed an open letter to record labels for a fair pay.

According to NME;The Ivors Academy is driving the #PaySongwriters campaign, which has so far received the backing of the independent labels Nvak Collective and Cooking Vinyl since it launched in March.

The independent music company The Other Songs, the Music Producers Guild, Songwriters of North America (SONA) and The 100 Percenters have also pledged their support to the initiative.
Autumn Rowe,Jimmy Napes and Steve Mac are among the signees. Rowe said;

“I’m at the point where I rather not write at all then take a session for an artist without a sound yet and no real plan of action,” Rowe said in a statement released by the #PaySongwriters campaign today (April 27). “Too often it’s normalised that writers are supposed to write for free with an artist because something might happen a couple years down the line. I can’t continue to pay to develop other people’s brands which I have no personal stake in.

Sam Smith Dua Lipa

“I want to stress there are zero harsh feelings against any of the artists I’ve worked with. I love them all in a special way and would gladly work with them again. This is more of just how the system functions and how overlooked songwriters are many times. We deserve so much more than we get. All of us do.”

Yeah ,they deserve royalties too.

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