Just got my BMI check. My music got played in: Argentina, Australia, Czech Republic,
Canada, Finland, France, German, Ireland, Israel (!!), Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Norway, Spain,
UK, Greece, and it was played on Jetblue, ExpressJet, Frontier and Airtran. And
BOWL FULL OF STARS is on Muzak! It has joined PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS and I COULDN’T
HELP MYSELF!Woo-hoo! I don’t know why that thrills me so much, but there is something
really cool about knowing my music has been gentrified for the elevator riding masses!
I do have questions, though.
For example, it says here on the statement, one of my songs (which one, I wonder?)
was played in:
ARGENTINA SADAIC: American Idol The Search for A Superstar
Unreported Work (as a FILM)
and I was paid .01.
Then, my song, “Shadowboxing”, always shows up as part of the film “Happy, Texas”
but from what I understand, I didn’t make the final cut. So, is it in the trailer?
Is it in the credits? Is it on the soundtrack? It must be in the film somehow
because it gets a lot of play in Europe, and that’s where the money is being
reported from. Hmm, again.
Lastly, how come on Pandora when they play “My Mama’s Hands”, which I
wrote 100% of, if it is played 70 times, I make .02 cents, but when it is
also played an additional 155 times (in the byline right underneath!),
I only get paid .01 cents? And I own the master as well
as the song’s publishing?
Because when I look further for Pandora payouts, “Coolness by Mistake”, which I am
a co-writer on at 50%, for 52 plays, I still get paid .01 cents.
Isn’t that wierd?
I’m thinking internet pay out is sucky, because if we go over here to television,
I see in Italy I got paid $103.62 for play of “In the Fields”, which I wrote 100%
but share the publishing with Universal.
Digital audio services pay alright…Look at this:
For 50 plays of RADIATION MAN, I received $61.54 on XM Satellite.
Hmm. Again and again, when I get these BMI statements, I am always
excited to see the envelope because I know there will be a check inside.
And I NEVER know how much it will be. Sometimes it is HUGE and sometimes
it is teen-niney. But they come in twos four times a year, for me as the songwriter
and me as the publisher (for the songs I own publishing on.) So, receiving this one,
I know there will be another one in the box tomorrow or the next few days.
This was the 3rd quarter of 2008, 123rd accounting I have received.
Aren’t you just wishing you were in the wacky world of music?
I am thankful I’ve followed up and put all these songs of mine in my BMI catalogue
(a lot to keep up with goes on around here in the little empire)…And it is ALWAYS
interesting to find out where your songs end up in this vast universe.
I’m still high that “Don’t Give Up” was on David Letterman.
That was the best BMI check EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!