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SoundExchange, a nonprofit group that collects digital music royalties on behalf of artists, on Wednesday said that around 50,000 musicians have unclaimed money with the group totaling more than $31 million. The amounts range from $10 to $100,000 per artist or label, the group said.
Those who want to see if a check is waiting for them should visit SoundExchange and check the database.
Among the names listed are Mark Wahlberg's hip-hop band Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, The Smith Westerns and Joaquin Phoenix. It's not just musicians who have money waiting for them. Sinbad, whose spoken word albums have been part of an increasingly popular comedy genre for Internet radio shows, is also on the list.
Created in 2000, SoundExchange collects performance royalties from digital radio companies offered by services such as Pandora, Clear Channel Communications' iHeartRadio and SiriusXM's satellite radio. Traditional AM and FM radio broadcasters are currently exempt from having to pay performance royalties, though artists and digital music companies are lobbying hard to change that.