Swedish composer Tommy Kaså. Photo: Lars-Peter Hielle.

Music composers missing out on millions in royalties: report

Composers who write music played in the background at Swedish spas and hotels are not being paid for their work, according to a report by Swedish Radio's investigative program Kaliber.

Last year, Swedish companies paid some SEK 130 million to the Swedish Performing Rights Society, Stim, which administers and licenses rights to music and lyrics for its members. Businesses buy annual licenses from Stim to play background music for their customers.

But many of those who write the music are not paid despite the fact that their song are looped around the clock in hotel lobbies, fitness gyms and health spas.

Stim said it currently has no way of knowing what song is playing out among the tens of thousands of companies in Sweden which is why it bases payments on customer surveys.

The result is that artists played on radio and television, among other things, are the ones that share the millions of krona collected by Stim annually.

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