Digital royalties are fees that digital radio services, such as Pandora, SiriusXM , webcasters and cable TV music channels are required by law to pay for streaming music. These royalties are paid by the services to SoundExchange, and accompanied with playlists of all the recordings played by the service provider.
It is our role to take these payments, allocate the fees to the recordings according to how often each song was played, and then pay the featured artist(s) and copyright owners of those recordings.
More than 110,000 artists and rights owner accounts are registered with SoundExchange. We have paid out nearly $3 billion in royalties since our first distribution.
How Royalties are Divided
Under the law, 45 percent of performance royalties are paid directly to the featured artists on a recording, and 5 percent are paid to a fund for non-featured artists, typically session musicians and background singers. The other 50 percent of the performance royalties are paid to the owner of the sound recording (i.e., the owner of the “master”), which can be a record label or an artist who owns their own masters.
The term “featured artist” refers to the group or individual most prominently featured on the sound recording. If you have questions about who qualifies as a featured artist, or wish to register as a featured artist on a recording, please contact our Customer Service department.
Register to Receive Royalties
You must be registered with SoundExchange in order to receive royalties from us; otherwise we won’t know where to send your money!
Online registration is fast and easy; just follow the link below. You’ll need to provide a picture ID and information about where to send the royalties. If you provide your bank information, we will electronically transfer any royalties directly into your account.
Unclaimed Royalties Can Expire
SoundExchange is authorized by regulation to release older, unclaimed royalties to offset our costs. We have rarely exercised this authority, but we need your help to spread the word and get recording artists and record labels to register with us.
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If you have questions about registration or a preexisting account please contact us at:
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