What is a featured artist?

A featured artist is an artist that is prominently featured on a track or album. Featured artists are receiving direct payments from SoundExchange. A non-featured artist is an artist who is not prominently featured on a track or album (i.e. a session musician or a back-up vocalist). Royalties for non-featured artists are covered by organizations such as the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) and the Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA). Visit Recording Artist Royalties to learn more.