Philip Drucker has just created a new publishing agency called Lost In The Grooves, which helps musicians who may have earned money for their music in Europe or Asia.
Drucker says major acts like Mariah Carey have no problem collecting royalties in other parts of the world but one- hit-wonders, punk rockers, rap artists, jazz bands and other acts that never made it in the mainstream have it much harder.
He knows from personal experience. Drucker is the former leader of an early 1980s punk band called Savage Republic and was able to collect $20,000 when one of his songs was used in the Denzel Washington film, The Manchurian Candidate.
While in some cases, a musician gets a check worth thousands of dollars, not every musician gets that big windfall every time. Drucker himself recently got a royalty check from Finland for $1.40.
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