Digital radio

Q2 2014

The digital radio transformation

The way we listen to music has changed drastically in the past 15 years — from CDs to digital downloads to digital radio services. As the industry transitions from music as “something you own” to “something you access from anywhere at any time,” SoundExchange helps the music and creative community thrive in the digital age.

Today, there are more than 2,500 digital radio services taking advantage of the statutory license that SoundExchange administers. SoundExchange pays royalties to the musicians and labels that created the music these services play.

SoundExchange 2014 year to date payments


Paid to recording artists
and record labels

Our largest Q2
payment to date

$161 Million

Paid in Q2 2014

Increase in SoundExchange payments from Q2 2013 to Q2 2014

Q2 2013: 16,620 Payees
Q2 2014: 22,343 Payees

Increase in number of payees from Q2 2013 to Q2 2014

Service provider spotlight:

Founded in 2007, the company has undergone many changes and versions to create today’s service. The current-day “Music Concierge” feature was introduced in 2012.


Each playlist is curated by a team of music experts that includes journalists, critics, DJs, ethnomusicologists and musicians.

The “Music Concierge” provides playlist suggestions based on the day of the week, time of day and mood the user selects.

Users can also browse playlist by activity, genre, mood or decade.

Recent accomplishments

Suggested stations

Blogged 50
Summer Rap
Ultimate Party

The SoundExchange effect

For more than 10 years, SoundExchange has been the independent non-profit performance rights organization helping the music and creative community thrive in the digital age by collecting and distributing digital performance royalties to featured artists and rights holders for the use of their sound recordings.


Total royalties paid by SoundExchange since its inception

SoundExchange Distributions

Hundreds of millions

of all payments are paid directly to the featured recording artist

of all payments are paid to backup musicians and session players via AFM and SAG-AFTRA

More ways to listen to digital radio than ever

Although music fans’ habits are notoriously hard to predict, the shift away from downloads and towards new streaming services foretells the shape of things to come. And the music industry is transforming rapidly to give fans the sounds they want, whenever they want, everywhere.

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Moving Music Forward

SoundExchange is the independent non-profit organization created for the digital age. SoundExchange ensures that recording artists and recording companies are compensated when their work is broadcast by non-interactive digital radio.

SoundExchange royalties are paid by more than 2,500 non-interactive Internet radio, satellite radio and cable radio services for their use of sound recordings. These royalties are distributed by SoundExchange directly to the recording artists and record labels that earn them.