Yes, we have a BIG thank you! We’re excited to announce that we’ve just received the largest single royalty payment we’ve ever had, courtesy of CCLI (Christian Copyright Licensing International).
What Are Royalties?
For those who have never heard of CCLI, or ‘royalty payments’, here’s a brief explanation. Every time any school or church around the world displays, copies, prints or shares the lyrics or sheet music from one of our songs, then they should report that usage to CCLI. Each song report is worth a small amount to us. These amounts accumulate throughout the year, with combined royalties paid out twice a year.
We’ve now received our total royalty payment for songs used between Oct 18 and March 19, and it was a substantial amount of money. The largest single royalty payment we’ve ever received. We’re so thankful for all the teachers and children’s workers who have taken the time out of their busy schedules to report song usage to CCLI. We’re humbled by your continual love and support for our songs, and by your efforts in contacting CCLI about them. Thank you so much.
Surprisingly though, having crunched the numbers and examined the data of the songs that were reported, it seems that there is still just a relatively small percentage of customers who are reporting songs regularly. This is a shame, because we know that if every customer reported our songs accurately, then the royalty amounts we received would literally have several extra zeros on the end.
Please don’t get us wrong. We’re not complaining, and we’re not saying any of this out of boasting, or greed for more money. We just want Learn2soar Music to grow. Being completely honest, due to austerity and school cutbacks, the last few years have been tough for our business. Schools are understandably not spending as much money as they used to. Therefore, these royalty payments aren’t about buying new cars for the directors, but are simply about keeping the business afloat. And if more customers reported song usage properly, we know we’d have enough money to expand the business even more and provide a better service in the future. So how can you help?
We know how ridiculously busy all you teachers are. On your list of ‘jobs to do’, reporting song usage to CCLI is most likely rock bottom of your list. But if you’re using and enjoying someone’s music, isn’t it only fair to ensure that the writers get paid correctly? Continue reading “Thank You, Thank You, Thank You”