Does Spotify pay SoundExchange?

To make matters more confusing, SoundExchange does not handle royalty distribution for on-demand streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music, which pay rights-holders directly via deals between the tech companies and the major labels.

What is the difference between SoundExchange and BMI?

SoundExchange vs BMI is the same as digital vs live/public. For Pandora, SiriusXM, and other non-interactive mediums, SoundExchange is needed to collect songwriter royalties from them. Whereas BMI will collect royalties for public performances such as radio or restaurants.

Who gets paid by SoundExchange?

The royalties that SoundExchange collects and distributes are for the featured artist and the sound recording copyright owner. ASCAP, BMI and SESAC collect and distribute royalties for the songwriter, composer and publisher.

Do I need SoundExchange if I have DistroKid?

Do I Need SoundExchange If I have DistroKid? You do not need to register with SoundExchange if you use DistroKid to distribute your music as DistroKid already collects master recording royalties on your behalf.

Do producers need SoundExchange?

3. Music Producers: Music producers cannot collect directly from SoundExchange. But if you can get the artist you produced to sign a letter of direction in your favor, wherein the artist directs SoundExchange to pay you a percentage of the artist’s royalties, then you can collect that way.

Does SoundExchange need Songtrust?

Publishers and songwriters need Songtrust to collect mechanical royalties, but if you own your master recordings and/or are a performing artist, you should certainly think about registering with SoundExchange as well.

Is there an alternative to SoundExchange?

It’s very unfortunate that there is no alternative to SoundExchange. We have government regulated PROs in this country (ASCAP and BMI). If one of them was this disorganized and incompetent, then a member could just switch organizations.

Should I join SoundExchange?

SoundExchange is the sole organization that collects digital performance royalties for sound recordings* in the United States. So, one of the main reasons you should register is to collect any and all of these royalties that are due to you.

Can you have Songtrust and SoundExchange?

Songtrust refers to the performance royalties when a composition – music and or lyrics – is performed, while SoundExchange always refers to the recording of the performance.

Do producers get SoundExchange royalties?

The best way for a producer to collect SoundExchange royalties is to have a written producer agreement with a signed SoundExchange Letter of Direction attached as an exhibit directing SoundExchange to pay a percentage of the royalties to you.

Do I need pro with Songtrust?

In order to use Songtrust’s services, you must be affiliated with a PRO. However, being affiliated with a PRO alone is not enough to collect all the royalties you’re owed worldwide. Each territory has one or more PROs that are responsible for collecting performance royalties.

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