PledgeMusic Is ‘Unlikely’ to Pay Nearly $10 Million Owed to Artists, Bank-Appointed Administrator Says

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PledgeMusic’s bank-appointed receiver says it’s ‘unlikely’ that artists will see any of the money they’re owed.

We predicted this outcome back in July when PledgeMusic filed its wind up petition. Instead of heading into administration (the British equivalent of bankruptcy), PledgeMusic executives just closed up shop.

The Royal Courts of Justice granted the wind-up order. That sent the company into compulsory liquidation ⁠— with a court-appointed liquidator for the company’s assets.  Members of the indie sector have asked the government to investigate the issue.  But that seems as unlikely as artists getting a payout from the whole debacle.

Variety obtained a copy of a report from the bank-appointed receiver that is dated October 21st.

“I do not anticipate that I will need to contact you again because there is unlikely to be a payment to creditors in this case,” the receiver stated.  “If that changes, I will contact you.”

Many artists who are owed money were advised to hire an insolvency lawyer in the UK.  Benji Rogers returned to the company briefly this year to try and salvage it.  The report paints a clearer picture of the efforts undertaken by Rogers.

A pivot plan was put into place to try and find a buyer for the company, but the idea was ultimately unsuccessful.

The letter also reveals that recent members of the PledgeMusic board were interviewed. They attribute the company’s insolvency to “the commission charged being insufficient to meet its expenditure.”

Essentially, the executives say PledgeMusic wasn’t taking in enough from fans to cover what it promised to deliver. That seems to echo reports that artists were being paid with funds from others’ campaigns, much like a pyramid scheme.

The obtained letter also says, “inquiries into the company’s affairs and reasons for its failure are continuing.” The book seems pretty much closed on this one.  PledgeMusic failed as a platform and ran off with around $9.5 million in artists’ money.

3 Responses

  1. Thunder

    Nothing compared to what the streaming services are doing

    • Jobi

      That Is a FACT . ! I Liked Pledge Music, I Got Some Great Autographs, But I Never Received My Last ONES I Paid For !

  2. Roger

    Ten years ago, when I gained the support of many people in the Beatles camp and from the AFM, the largest union for musicians in the world in order to build a new platform where the music fans paid the artist directly and with NO MIDDLE MEN, the artists showed little interest. And now we have the same old story (big surprise!) where everybody gets paid except the ones doing all the work (the musicians) – when will the artists and songwriters come together and build their own platform thus keeping the majority of the monies (instead of 6% or less or NOTHING in the case of Pledge music!). Building a new platform costs money but we are long overdue for the people who create the music to take charge of the music business where they, the musicians control the money and actually get paid and where the fans know that the majority of the money is going to the artist and not to some TECH company. Roger Scott Craig (now retired from the music biz)