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Music News (4/15/20)

[ 0 ] April 15, 2020 | |

Sound Royalties Extends $20 Million No-Cost Funding Program

Sound Royalties has extended its $20 million, no-cost funding program application deadline to May 16. Songwriters, performing artists, producers, independent labels, distributors and publishers receiving royalty income can apply for financing on a one-year repayment schedule, with no fees or costs.

In addition to the 12-month, no-cost advance option, terms that extend beyond one-year are also available. Applicants are qualified based on verifiable royalty income of at least $5,000 per year.

Sound Royalties provides funding to music creatives without requiring copyrights to be secured as collateral. The company also offers pass-through income so a creative can still receive ongoing royalty payments.

Sound Royalties launched in 2014 and has worked with musicians including DJ Khaled, Rich Robinson, Pitbull, Brenda K. Starr and more.

Maddie & Tae Turn A Rollercoaster Journey Into Their Most Personal Album Yet

Maddie & Tae. Photo: Carlos Ruiz

“I keep saying we are the queens of catching curve balls,” says Maddie & Tae’s Maddie Marlow, calling from her home in Nashville. “We can catch a curveball like no one’s business.”

Like so many, Marlow and her musical comrade Tae Dye are sequestered at home in an effort to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has halted much of the music industry, requiring the halting or rescheduling of tours and album releases, and dramatically shifting the album release plans for artists and their teams.

Mercury Nashville duo Maddie & Tae released their new album The Way It Feels April 10 and are among those artists who have had their album release plans change, but they are taking it in stride.

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Riley Roth Signs With Altadena, Warner Chappell Nashville

Pictured (L-R): Mike Sistad (ASCAP), Stephanie Taylor (Stephanie Taylor Law), Christina Wiltshire (Creative Director, Warner Chappell), Noreen Prunier (Creative Director, Altadena), BJ Hill (VP, Warner Chappell), Daniel Lee (President, Altadena), Riley Roth, Julia Keefe (Creative Coordinator, Altadena)

Riley Roth has signed a publishing deal with Altadena and Warner Chappell Nashville.

Roth arrived in Music City by way of Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, and is currently signed to a label deal with Altadena and repped by Justin Cahill at CAA for booking. She completed her debut EP with Grammy-nominated producer, busbee, prior to his untimely passing late last year. Roth has already received choice playlisting on Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Music and has co-written the majority of the songs she’s recorded.

Roth’s latest single, “Girls Kiss First,” will be released digitally this Friday (April 17). The track was written by busbee, Katie Pearlman, and Lily Meola and was produced by busbee. Roth will be performing the track live on Instagram today (April 14) at 5 p.m. CST, with a special guest appearance from labelmate Ryan Griffin.

Ebach Entertainment, UMPG Nashville Sign Josh Melton

Janine Ebach‘s Ebach Entertainment and UMPG Nashville have signed a publishing deal with Josh Melton.

Melton moved to Nashville in 2014 and alongside working at a nursing home to pay the bills he spent evenings working at Nashville’s FGL House and Luke Bryan’s 32 Bridge Food+Drink, where Ebach first discovered him.

“It’s your classic Nashville discovery story- I heard Josh sing in a bar and was blown away by his rich vocal, original songs and positive attitude,” Ebach said. “Not only has he been hustling in Nashville for a handful of years but he’s a guy you just want to root for. I’m equally as excited to partner with Troy Tomlinson, Missy Roberts and the entire Universal Publishing Nashville team on Josh, along with his manager, Chris Perkins.”

Melton signed with WME for touring representation in 2019 and has opened shows for Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts and Jimmie Allen, among others. His song “Everybody Knows” has earned 1 million streams and he will release new music in May.

“I’m humbled to be a part of this amazing team,” Melton said. “I have the support of some of the best industry professionals in the game, and I cannot wait to see where this crazy thing called a dream takes us!”

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