How do musicians get paid when their music is played on Pandora or Sirius Radio? 1

Musicians MUST REGISTER with SoundExchange in order to get paid royalties from digital performances.  Digital performances include having songs played on Pandora or Sirius Radio.  I know that you might think that being registered with ASCAP, BMI or SESAC covers this, but it doesn’t.  Separate registration with SoundExchange is required to collect royalties when your music is played on digital and satellite music providers.

SoundExchange pays royalties to performers and copyright owners.  If you own your own track and play on it, then you get paid twice.

The only catch is that Musicians, performers and copyright owners must be proactive in registering with SoundExchange to collect their money.

–>Register with SoundExchange –>

Another critical step to getting paid digital royalties is to embed quality metadata on your CDs and music tracks –>

p.s. if you haven’t already submitted your music to Pandora or Sirius Radio here is the contact info for that too.

BY: Vanessa Kaster, Esq., LL.M. and