One topic of discussion was the lack of respect, in general, songwriters have received from Southern Gospel artists/industry. I remember a time when some artists within the industry weren’t paying the required royalties to songwriters, after recording a song by that specific writer.
The artists were more concerned about making money off the songwriter, by selling product, without making sure the songwriter was compensated.
The practice of songwriter disrespect continues today (across the entire music industry); in this age of digital download/streaming of music. It is abysmal that songwriter(s)/publishers only receive 10% of the royalties generated through song streaming services. Record labels made sure they would keep the lion’s share (60%) of royalties collected off streaming services. Shameful!
Oddly enough, terrestrial radio is still the best source of income for songwriter(s)/publishers in that 100% of royalties generated go to them. That is one reason Sirius/XM satellite radio is so important for songwriter(s) in the music industry.
Maybe songwriters should go on strike to show artists/industry execs that without the song, they would be out of business.