How much do musicians get paid for digital plays? -Digital Royalty Rates 1

Royalty rates paid to musicians vary drastically depending on how and where the music is played or transmitted.  The rates vary from several cents to a fraction of a penny.

Here are a few music royalty rates:

  • $.0019 cents a song (approx.) per play on satellite radio (like SIRIUS XM)
  • $.0019 cents a song (approx.) per play on Pandora
  • $.09 cents a song (approx.) for a permanent download (like iTunes)
  • $.09 cents a song (approx.) for a physical recording (like a CD)
  • $.24per ringtone.

The numbers are a bit sobering… but great music gets played over and over again… and it all adds up!

For more info on getting paid digital royalties from SoundExchange –>  http://t.co/2WuFV2X   and http://t.co/52HjluX

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

For personalized legal services you are welcome to contact me at vk@kasterlegal.com

Royalty rate info is available at: http://www.copyright.gov/carp/m200a.pdf; http://soundexchange.com/2010/12/17/looking-for-the-copyright-royalty-boards-2011-2015-rates/; http://www.harryfox.com/public/RoyaltyRateCalculator.jsp and www.kasterlegal.com.

SoundExchange pays digital royalties to performers and copyright owners 1

SoundExchange pays royalties to performers and copyright owners when music is played on digital internet and satellite music dollar signproviders.

For example, if you hear Aretha Franklin’s famous rendition of ‘Respect’ played over internet radio, the royalty payments are paid to both Aretha as the performer (paid to her by SoundExchange) and to Otis Redding who wrote the song (ASCAP pays Otis Redding’s estate).  However, if you hear Otis Redding’s original version over internet radio then his estate is compensated for both the original composition, and also for the sound recording (ie both ASCAP and Sound Exchange pay royalties to Otis.)

If you own your own track and play on it, then you get paid twice (if you are registered with SoundExchange) when your track is played on Pandora, Sirius Radio and other satellite or internet radio streaming sites.

Register with SoundExchange –> https://www.soundexchange.com/artist-copyright-owner/does-soundexchange-have-royalties-for-you/

See other posts for more information on unclaimed SoundExchange royalties –> http://wp.me/p10nNq-np, and Digital Royalty rates –> http://t.co/Z0XvrRO; @iplegalfreebies and www.kasterlegal.com

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

For personalized legal services you are welcome to contact me at vk@kasterlegal.com

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 –>  http://www.soundexchange.com/

Another critical step to getting paid digital royalties is to embed quality metadata on your CDs and music tracks –> http://t.co/52HjluX

p.s. if you haven’t already submitted your music to Pandora or Sirius Radio here is the contact info for that too.  http://www.pandora.com/corporate/contact.shtmlhttp://www.sirius.com/contactus

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

For personalized legal services you are welcome to contact me at vk@kasterlegal.com and www.kasterlegal.com.