Boiler Room Signs New Royalty Contract With Apple Music

Published on August 20, 2020

Boiler Room announced this week that it has partnered with Apple Music to bring its mixes and recordings to the streaming platform in a new contract that will distribute royalty payouts to producers as well as DJ’s. The new fee-sharing model marks a change for the relationship that streaming platforms have with producers as artists have criticized platforms like Apple Music and Spotify for their minuscule royalty payouts in the past.

The new fee-sharing model will enable producers to receive a payout for streams of mixes that include their music. The DJ would get a payout for the stream, and the producers of each individual song in the mix would also receive a cut. Music industry professionals are hopeful that the new model would encourage the music industry to begin paying producers of the music that DJ’s play in addition to the DJ’s themselves. For example, a DJ making six figures to play at a festival would not then pay the individual producers a cut of that payout.

“Having the ability to pay for DJ Mixes is something Boiler Room feels passionately about and is part of continuing efforts to compensate DJs & artists appropriately,” said Boiler Room CEO Blaise Bellville in a press release. “With 100% of royalties from the streams being paid to the rights holders and the DJs being compensated, these are such positive moves in the industry and something we’re immensely proud to be a part of,” Bellville said.

Boiler Room will also partner with Apple Music to bring its mixes and recordings to the streaming platform as part of a partnership deal. The deal signals Apple Music’s foray into mixes and DJ sets, something the platform has been admittedly weak on thus far in comparison to platforms like Spotify and Soundcloud, which each have their own criticism over paying artists for their work.

Julia Sachs is a former Managing Editor at Grit Daily. She covers technology, social media and disinformation. She is based in Utah and before the pandemic she liked to travel.

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