Earlier this week we closed the books on accepting Q2 data for SoundExchange reports from stations and compiled the reports for delivery. Technically, we’re still dotting a few i’s and crossing some t’s before final FINAL report delivery, but you get the idea.
Thanks to all the stations we gave us data – or made an attempt to get us data – in a very short amount of time, under very foggy circumstances. Some of you really helped us to blaze some trails along the way that will help other stations on down the line. You know who you are. Thanks especially to everyone for their patience as we (and I) figure out how this process will work. It will get smoother for all involved going forward, that much I promise.
Now that Q2 reports are (almost) done and delivered, that, of course, means that we’re already planning for Q3 reports! While the reports will be due to SoundExchange in late October, we will be looking to get data from all stations covered by the CPB-SX agreement as soon as they are ready to give it to us. Recall that almost all stations can choose two 7-day-consecutive periods within the quarter to report on (stations that need to report on the whole quarter already know who they are). So if your station feels that two weeks in July are representative of the music you play all during the months of July, August and September, then you can get us your data early and be done with it!
In any case, we will soon announce a specific (and hard) deadline for getting us Q3 data for inclusion in the reports delivered to SoundExchange.
We are working now on an online tool (Comnposer Basic) and process for stations to use to give us guide/schedule data, and to push playlist and streaming log files to us. Once that tool is ready for general use I will announce it here. If, in the meantime, you are ready to give us your Q3 data, contact me and we will work out a method for data delivery.
I recently posted a couple of pages outlining the formatting guidelines for both playlist and raw streaming access log files. These will probably change somewhat over time (we may go to a single, required file format for playlist logs, but that is still TBD), but for now follow these guidelines when preparing your data files for upload to us.
Finally, as I mentioned above and before, in order to be covered by the CPB-SoundExchange agreement you must register with the CPB, accept the terms of the CPB-SX agreement and then register with us. If you do not do this, you are not covered and we cannot generate and submit reports to SoundExchange on your behalf, even if you give us data!
As a reminder (from our FAQ page), here’s how all that registration works:
Q: How do I register my station for Internet Music Rights Coverage?
A: Follow this link on the CPB website to register.
Once you’ve registered with the CPB you will receive an email from them with a login to a web site to review and accept the terms of the SPB-SX agreement. You must accept the agreement in order to be a covered entity! PI can not submit reports on your behalf to SX until your station accepts the agreement!
I’ve registered on the CPB website and accepted the agreement. Now what?
Sign up with Public Interactive using this form.
In order to get started, we’ll need to gather some information about you and verify that you’ve registered with CPB. The PI Sound Exchange Project Manager will contact you directly to ask for data samples.
There you have it! Isn’t this fun?