Fundraising Update

We still need to raise $44,581 this month (or $3,190 a day for the next 14 days) to meet our monthly budget.

Royalty Increases

Our 2021 SoundExchange royalty rate increase will not be determined until approximately June 2021. We are crossing our fingers that it won't be too severe. By continuing to operate, we will be liable for retroactive royalty increases after the CRB Judges rule later in 2021. Normally these rates are announced in advance of the year, but due to COVID they're running late. This is why we need to set aside a reserve fund.

In 2018, our royalties paid to BMI (for the songwriters) have doubled compared to earlier years. It is now calculated on a per-song, per-listener rate rather than a percentage of our revenues.

And previously in 2016, SoundExchange music royalties were increased significantly, and more importantly the way they were calculated were changed. We now have to pay per song per listener rather than a percentage of our revenue.

Why we need your support

It's a challenge to run a commercial-free, listener supported radio station in today's economic environment. It seems like we're always begging you for money, and that's because we have to: we rely entirely on you to keep us on the air. So please, make the effort to support SomaFM. We'll be there for you, but we need your financial help.

We hope that our music provides you with enjoyment, and we hope you'll offer a little something back our way to finance our continued operation.

To meet our budget, we need to raise $3,190 a day for the next 14 days. So far today we've raised $1,084, and for the month $20,418. We still are trying to raise $44,581 more by the end of the month.

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