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In an unprecedented surge of musical creativity, Finnish producers reported a record-breaking number of songs in 2023, according to statistics from Gramex, the Finnish copyright management organization. The number of tracks reported last year saw a significant increase of over 30% compared to 2022, with a total of 21,785 new songs registered.

An in-depth analysis by GramexPress, an online media outlet affiliated with Gramex, revealed a steady growth in the number of reported tracks from 2020 to 2023.

However, the year 2023 marked a substantial leap, with over 5,000 more songs reported than the previous year.

Multiple factors contribute to this growth, as explained by Tuomas Talonpoika, the director of Gramex. "The figures clearly show that Finnish producers have been especially active in reporting songs last year. The trend of making music in various ways and the entry of new actors into the field have been noticeable. At the same time, recording music has become technically easier and cheaper, lowering the barrier to publication. A good example of this phenomenon is the songs produced by social media influencers," Talonpoika elaborates.

This trend is partly reflected in the recent increase in Gramex's artist-producer client relationships. "We are seeing more clients who have both artist (singer or musician) and record producer roles. This means that the music performer also financially produces the recording. A large part of this group are professionals in music, but it certainly includes DIY creators as well," adds Talonpoika.

A key factor behind the surge in song reporting is Gramex's accelerated distribution frequency. "Last year, for the first time, we distributed royalties for the use of recordings up to four times within the year. The historically frequent distribution schedule and active communication have likely kept producers' reporting activity high," Talonpoika speculates.

Talonpoika emphasizes the importance of this activity: "It's great that record producers actively report all songs to us. Only for the songs that are reported can we pay royalties to performers and producers."

The substantial increase in song reports highlights the evolving Finnish music scene, driven by technological advancements, easier access to music production, and Gramex's supportive role in ensuring artists and producers are rewarded for their creative output.

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