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Winding Way Takes No Publishing Rights

As part of our Artist Advocacy model Winding Way Records will not attempt to take your publishing rights, reduce your royalty rates or do anything else that is underhanded.

We will always advocate for you in  our contracts.  For example, the industry in the past took 100% of the rights, shared net revenues 50/50 but only after trumping up marketing and distribution expenses. In reality these deals mean little or nothing for the artists after deducting the label overhead.  These bad deals meant an Artist typically only received about 5% of the deal.

We are different – we take no copyrights, publishing rights or mechanical rights.  In our deals you maintain your rights and license to us the right to publish and distribute your music.  In exchange we offer a 70/30 split and only expense direct costs to produce, promote and distribute your music.  No first class tickets, no expensive lunches, no unnecessary overhead expenses.  If you don’t benefit we failed in our mission to be Artist Advocates.

In the past the industry contracts reduced the royalties due an artist.  We will not have a Controlled Composition clause or “Cap” in any agreement in attempt to reduce the mechanical royalty rate that an artist is due.  The Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) sets the royalty rate for authors of music (rights owner).  We guarantee that we will not attempt to reduce this rate in any of our agreements.  If someone offers you a record deal that has a “Controlled Composition” clause – walk away.

If we become your publisher,  we help you register your music works with the Copyright office, register you at the leading Performance Rights Organization (PRO) such as  BMI and help make sure your royalties are tracked correctly. Our publishing agreements are split on collections but just to give us the right to Administer your PRO registrations – we will not seek more than a 10 percent of collections in these deals.

Winding Way Records Licensing Covers

Winding Way Records offers cover song clearance services so our Artists can legally produce and release a cover song and make sure the rights owner gets their mechanical licensing fees.  We are offering this service for $125 a song plus the required mechanical license rate per CD/Vinyl/Download sold.  See the current rates here.

In addition to the original rights owner, we can register the new master recording with a Performance Rights Organization (PRO) so you receive your share of the mechanical license royalties on any covers you release.  See the cover song licensing faq here.

Winding Way is now an ASCAP Publisher Affiliate Member

Today, “3603 Winding Way Music” a publishing division of Winding Way Records, LLC. became a registered member of ASCAP.  We are proud to be a member of this organization to help our Artists gain performance royalties from their music.   American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is the world leader in performance royalties, advocacy and service for songwriters, composers and music publishers.

Winding Way Records, LLC is now a Tunecore publisher

Winding Way Records adds Tunecore Music Publishing administration as an option to secure royalties.  Tunecore helps us distribute music to iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, eMusic, Simfy, Deezer, Rhapsody, X-Box Live, MixRadio, MUVE Music, Groove, Kuack, N Music, iHeartRadio, Medianet, vervelife, Tidal, Gracenote, Shazam, 7Digital, Juke, SlackerRadio, Guvera, kkBox, akazoo, anghami, spinlet, Neurotic, Yandex Music, TargetMusic, Claro-Musica, Zvoog, Saavn, 8Tracks, Q.Sic, CÜR, Musicload and Pandora.

Winding Way Records, LLC. is a now a registered Recording Rights Owner under ISRC

As a recording rights owner under the ISRC system, Winding Way Records is now able to identify its music works using a unique ISRC code to manage its  rights administration in electronic distribution of music through digital distribution companies and download sites to sell content online.  This will ensure a means to automatically identify recordings for royalty payments under Master & Sync Agreements.

Winding Way enters into a 5 Year Publisher Affiliation Agreement with BMI

Today, “Winding Way PRO Music” (A division of Winding Way Records, LLC) entered into a 5 Year Publisher Affiliation Agreement with Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI).  BMI is one of the largest Performance Rights Organizations (PRO) and by having this agreement in place, Winding Way Records, LLC and its artists shall have their rights and royalties income secured.

“BMI serves as an advocate for the value of music, representing nearly 12 million musical works created and owned by more than 750,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers.”  bmi.com

Winding Way PRO Music Member