I manage a recording artist – can their royalties be paid to me directly?

It is our strict policy that we cannot pay third parties. A third party is considered anyone that is not the featured performer (artist) or the owner of the Sound Recording Copyright.

We have a standard practice to ONLY pay performer money to the following:

The actual featured performers on the track;
Companies wholly owned by the performers (i.e., “holding” or “furnishing” companies);
Legitimate heirs, trusts, and estates of deceased featured performers; or
Performer collecting societies with whom we have an agreement.
Producers/mixers/engineers that have a properly executed Letter of Direction signed by the featured artist.