Before 2009 waltzes out of our lives, allow us here at Public Interactive to say thanks to everyone for their efforts in the realm of SoundExchange reporting this year! We appreciate all the hard work by stations that have submitted data to us for reporting back to SoundExchange. We appreciate it, the CPB appreciates it and, believe it or not, SoundExchange appreciates it! Honest.
Before everyone disappears to drink egg nog and whatnot I wanted to remind folks about a few key things to keep in mind for submitting your Q4 data for SoundExchange reporting to us .
By now, everybody who has opted to be covered by the CPB-SoundExchange agreement and registered with Public Interactive for SoundExchange reporting should have access to the tools we have developed to make data submission easier. This includes both Composer Pro clients of ours, as well as Composer Basic users. If your station is not a PI Composer Pro client and has not yet received a login to Composer Basic, please contact me and I’ll get you set up.
Lots of detail on Composer Basic is available here, so I won’t rehash it all in this post. Here are some important things for everyone to keep in mind:
1. Data for Q4 reports must come from with October 1 – December 31, 2009 (i.e. the fourth calendar quarter). Basic information on the reporting data that you need to provide to us is available here.
2. Composer Pro clients don’t need to submit playlist logs to us (assuming they actually put playlist data into Composer Pro); however, if your streams are not hosted by Public Interactive you will still need to upload your streaming access logs to us. Composer Pro documentation is available here.
3. Composer Basic users will need accept the Terms of Service before we can officially accept your data and generate reports. You will then need to upload playlist log files to us, in addition to streaming access logs. Composer Basic documentation is available here; in addition a Composer Basic Quick Start Guide is available here.
4. Everyone, whether you are a Composer Pro or Basic client, must specify their chosen reporting dates using the SoundExchange Dashboard in Composer Pro/Basic. If you don’t we’ll assume that you are supplying us with a full quarter’s worth of data and will generate reports based on that assumption. To set your reporting dates in Composer Pro or Basic, go to View Reports, then click on Edit Report Dates for Q4 for each of your streams. Then uncheck the Disregard dates and use full quarter instead check box and use the date drop downs to specify the starting date of both of your chosen reporting weeks. Make sure to do that for all of your streams for which you are supplying reporting data.
5. Stations that stream Classical 24 – again whether you are a Composer Pro or Basic user – must update the guide information for each of your streams in Composer to properly reflect when you streamed C24 during your reporting period. This is so we can integrate C24 playlists into your your station’s reports. In the future will be collecting and integrating playlists for other syndicated shows. IMPORTANT NOTE: When adding the Classical 24 program in your guide, be sure to set the Program Format to Classical: C24.
All of this (file uploads, setting reporting dates, accepting TOS, etc.) needs to be done by the deadline of Friday, January 15, 2010 in order for us to guarantee that we’ll be able to generate and submit Q4 reports on your station’s behalf.
That’s it for now! I’ll be out of the office starting Christmas day and will be back on Monday, January 4, 2010. In the meantime, feel free to submit your data to us using Composer Pro or Basic. Let me know that you have and I’ll review it – or answer any questions – when I get back.
Thanks again and Happy New Year to all and to all a good night – or day, you know, depending on when you read this.