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Royalties Owed to Jazz Musicians

A little paperwork can go a long way when it comes to claiming a portion of $40 million royalty payment. Over 30,000 performers have yet to register with SoundExchange (SX), a nonprofit, government-licensed organization whose mission is to collect and distribute royalties on behalf of recording artists and labels, to claim their portion of this allocation.

If these artists do not register with SX by July 31, they will forfeit their rights to their royalties, in accordance with regulations issued by the U.S. Copyright Office. The office established regulations that artists have three years after SX identifies them as recipients of unclaimed royalties before their royalties can be forfeited and spread out among the other artists, according to SX Executive Director John Simson.

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