Free money! Denver bands have unclaimed SoundExchange royalties. Are you on the list?

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The bad news is you didn't win a gazillion dollars last night in Powerball -- some lucky jerk in Michigan did, apparently. The good news is that you may still have some unexpected cashola coming your way. Think of it as finding a crisp twenty in the pocket of pants you haven't worn in a while, or a handful of pennies in between the cushions -- whatever the case may be. SoundExchange is reportedly in possession of some $30 million that's owed to 50,000 bands, and it has released a full list of those acts.

With the power hereby vested in it by the U.S. Library of Congress, SoundExchange is in charge of collecting digital performance royalties on behalf of musicians or other organizations who own the rights to the recordings. The digital domain evidently includes satellite and Internet broadcasts as well as various other forms of streaming.

We took the SoundExchange search engine for a test drive, and the database returned the names of a number of past and present Denver groups, including still-active bands such as Swayback, Seraphim Shock, DeVotchKa (though it's listed as Devotchkas) and Slim Cessna's Auto Club, as well as a slew of dearly departed outfits like Born in the Flood, Cat-A-Tac, Planes Mistaken for Stars, Ghost Buffalo, Tickle Me Pink, Hot IQs and Single File.

Now, before you ask: We don't know how much those royalties amount to, or what time period this covers, or, well, honestly, any other information that could be considered helpful. We can just tell you that it appears that all of these acts are owed some loot. It's also worth noting that the results for both 16 Horsepower and Tickle Me Pink contained asterisks, suggesting that there's some caveat, say, perhaps, that a record label may be involved or something. For more information on how to collect or to see if you're listed in the database, feel free to let your fingers do the walking directly on SoundExchange's official website.

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