2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Making Streaming Royalties Fair(er)

Wednesday, March 16
12:45PM - 1:45PM

Austin Convention Center
Room 10C
531 E 4th St

Streaming royalties from subscription services like Spotify, AppleMusic, and others are distributed using the "Big Pool" (pro-rata) distribution method. There are questions as to whether this method of royalty distribution is fair or even in the best interests of the music industry (artists, labels, and services). A new approach is the "Subscriber share" model. Subscriber share distributes royalties based on the plays of each individual subscriber instead of pro-rata across all subscribers. Can the subscriber share approach to royalty distribution increase royalties for artists with fan bases as music streaming services start to scale?

Hashtags: #sxsw


Dick Huey at SXSW

Dick Huey



Dick Huey is the founder of Toolshed, based in NYC since 2001. Toolshed advises major consumer brands, media, tech, sports, artists, entertainment companies, and digital music services on digital s...

Show the rest
Rasmus Rex Pedersen at SXSW

Rasmus Rex Pedersen

Teaching Asst Professor, PhD

Rhythmic Music Conservatory

Sharky Laguana at SXSW

Sharky Laguana



In music circles Sharky Laguana is probably best known as the founder of the indie-rock band Creeper Lagoon, which existed in the late 90’s and was largely a dismal failure but did manage a couple ...

Show the rest


Music Badge, Platinum Badge, Artist Wristband
Event Type
Thanks to our sponsors
Esurance Logo Mazda Logo Monster Energy Logo CapitalOne logo Bud Light logo McDonald's logo Austin Chronicle Logo
Music sponsor
Sonic Bids Logo Pandora Logo Marriott Rewards Logo
Interactive sponsor
Deloitte Digital Logo Ten-X Logo United Airlines Logo Samsung Logo