Music Royalty Investigations

Music Royalty Investigations is the specialist division of David Morgan Management and was set up in 1997 to act as a royalty recovery expert in tracking down unpaid royalties for artists, musicians, performers, composers, songwriters, record producers, independent record labels, production companies, music publishers, beneficiaries and other people who had an entitlement to receive royalties for the exploitation of a copyright. 

Having set up the royalty tracking division it was soon obvious that not only was it necessary to track down all the sources of royalties but it became more important to establish how much all those sources of income paid and was due.

A royalty team was put together to include specialist solicitors, royalty auditors, forensic accountants and the accounting team was then headed by a qualified accountant and member of the Academy of Experts, who has over the years, been involved in many high profile Court cases, as an Expert in this field.

All our work is carried out on a confidential basis.

Most musicians, songwriters, record producers, music publishers and records labels understand their basic entitlement.

With all the new forms of exploitation becoming available to the recording and music publishing industries and the fact that very often agreements were concluded many years ago and do not cover these new forms of exploitation it meant that those entitled to remuneration for their services were not receiving it or were not equipped to know where to claim it from. 

Nowadays, there are royalties for performance income in America, which previously there wasn’t under the Millennium Copyright Act and there is a royalty stream in respect of digital downloads, which only a few years ago did not exist.

Neighbouring rights and societies who collect the income from those rights are being developed year upon year and are becoming more and more an important part of a performer’s income and in several territories producers are now entitled to make a claim in respect of neighbouring rights.

The array of income streams from writing or performing on a recording of a song can become bewildering with income deriving from CD’s, tapes, mini disc, compilations, sub-licensing, sub-publishing, soundtrack compilations, DVD’s, videos, synchronizations, downloads, streaming, premium sales, ring tones, sampling, flat fees and many others. 

In addition to this there are also the merchandise rights and the copyright in characters that exist and are exploited by merchandising companies, as well as income derived from artists’ web sites where ring tones, downloads and merchandise and membership to a fan club can be sold.
Very often these rights are owned by more than one body or company.

Very often in the past an artist/songwriter/producer who requested an audit on their record company was misinterpreted as an allegation that there may be some financial irregularity-taking place.

Nowadays, this is not the case and is accepted as a standard industry practice and good business sense.

In the U.S. recently the Attorney General, Eliot Spitzer, discovered after a long investigation that more than $50 million of unclaimed royalties were sitting in record companies’ bank accounts all because contact with artists/songwriters/producers, etc. had not been properly maintained or sent out.

If you feel we can help you then please contact David Morgan for a confidential assessment without any obligation.

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