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BMG launches royalty reporting app

By | Published on Thursday 17 August 2017


The BMGs yesterday made their royalties portal MyBMG available as an Android and iOS app for the first time, meaning – says the music rights firm – “thousands of BMG songwriters will be able to see up-to-date worldwide information on the value and source of their income from their songs wherever and whenever they want to”.

BMG says it consulted a number of the songwriters it represents when developing the mobile version of its royalty reporting system, including Jenn Decilveo, Dave Stewart and Maury Yeston. So if it’s no good, it’s all their fault.

“It was a very different experience to the usual process of software development”, says Anke Becker, who led the project to develop the app. “We were working hand-in-hand with songwriters trying to tease out exactly the information which is most important to them and then ensuring we present that data in as accessible a way as possible”.

Becker adds that “the result, we believe, is the most user friendly royalties application on the market. We wanted to not only make the product the most transparent, but also make the process of creating and innovating the product transparent and inclusive”.

But what does Dave Stewart think about the final product? That’s what I want to know. In fact, it’s the only reason I showed up to work this morning.

“This is a great tool and a wonderful move forward towards helping songwriters understand where they stand, something that has been badly needed since the dawn of copyright”, says he. “I am proud to be part of the BMG family making steps towards a better future for creatives and leading the way in fair trade for artists”. And hurrah for that!