No Justice For Artists
PledgeMusic started to receive serious backlash as 1000s of artists came forward saying they had not been given the funds raised by their campaigns. PledgeMusic was only ever supposed to take a 15% flat fee of all money raised via its platform, so it’s quite amazing how literally all of the money disappeared. One source cites PledgeMusic owing at least 100K to just 10 artists that shared their story publicly. The real figure likely in the millions.
In a statement back in May, Benji Rogers said “I cannot begin to appreciate how all of you affected artists are feeling about this and I am deeply sorry for what you have been through...The company will go into administration at some point this week or early next which means that any funds received for the assets of Pledge will be distributed to all of the creditors involved. This will include all of the artists who are owed money.” which provides little solace for artists.
The official byline for the new project is “A platform that rebalances the news to better reflect the world we live in with direct, sustainable support for journalists and sources”. Let’s hope he can support his employees better than PledgeMusic supported its artists. Of the topics that Benji hopes to cover on the platform including Arts, Politics, and Lifestyle, you may not be surprised to see Music had been excluded from the list. Although there will be an Entertainment section, it does not clarify what type of entertainment.
Some may defend Benji, but it's hard to believe that someone with this level of involvement in PledgeMusic didn't know what was going on for years.
Here is the Kickstarter campaign.
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