Re: My Song Was Played 3.1 Million Times on Pandora. My Check Was $39...
As usual, we need more facts.
$39 for 3 million plays works out at a little over a hundredth of a cent per play. Ellen Shipley would only be getting part of the total songwriter royalty, because the collection agency will probably take half, and Shipley's co-writer will share the remaining half with her, so the total royalty will presumably be four times Shipley's share. That would imply a total royalty of about a twentieth of a cent. This still seems very low in comparison to the performance royalty of about a fifth of a cent.
Surely someone somewhere actually knows what the prescribed songwriters' royalty rate for Pandora actually is? If it is much higher than a fifth of a cent, then either Pandora is not paying the due amount, or someone else (publishing company?) is taking a big slice.