Getting Your Royalties: Four Things to Remember When You Register

Getting Your Royalties: Four Things to Remember When You Register

Our most important job here at SoundExchange is paying performance royalties to recording artists and rights owners.

We’ve paid more than $4 billion in royalties to date, but you must register with us in order to receive royalties. That process is simple and keeps getting easier every year (especially now with our online registration).

But we often see a few common mistakes that can slow down the payment of royalties, so we want to let you know how to avoid common hurdles that trip up artists and rights owners and delay the payment of royalties.

  1. If you are an artist who also owns master recordings, make sure you register as both a Performer and a Sound Recording Copyright Owner. Our online registration offers a convenient combined registration path if you are registering as both. It’s important because we want to ensure you receive all the royalties you are entitled to receive.
  2. If you are a Sound Recording Copyright Owner, prepare a repertoire submission. Our Repertoire Metadata Template is available on our Registration and Membership page. In order to streamline registration, this information isn’t requested at the time of registration. It is however requested after we have set up your account and it is the best way to maximize the royalties earned by your catalog. So it is a good idea to start preparing this as soon as you have submitted your registration.
  3. At the end of your registration you will see our membership section. Registration is different than membership. You should consider becoming a member – it is free, and becoming a member comes with several benefits. You can check out the full list here. Becoming a member enables us to collect international royalties on your behalf. All you have to do is check the box and sign the form to become a member. After that, you’ll be asked to sign an international mandate form, which will allow us to begin collecting your international royalties.
  4. Registration requires a government issued photo ID. A driver’s license or passport with your photo on it works great!

We also have good resources for artists and rights owners that can help you. Do you want to conduct a search to see whether you have royalties waiting? Check here.

Do you want to learn more about digital royalties? Check here.

Haven’t registered? Please check out our Registration and Membership page here.