What are they?
Performance royalties are earned when a song is broadcast or performed publicly in some way.
Who collects them?
Performing rights organizations (PROs). Each major world territory has a PRO.
How do I know if I’m earning them?
You are earning performance royalties when your songs are broadcast and publicly performed. You’re definitely earning performance royalties if your song is:
- Played on internet radio (like Pandora)
- Played on terrestrial radio (i.e. 93.3 FM, 100.7 FM, etc.)
- Played on online streaming services like Spotify
- Performed at live venues or clubs (whether by you as a performer on your tour, a well-known DJ in a club in Sweden, or a cover band in a pub in Nashville)
- Played in businesses and retailers of all kinds (hotels, restaurants, retail stores, big offices, etc.) as background music
- Broadcast on TV (whether on an episode of a TV show, a sports channel in passing, or in an advertisement for another brand)
Performance royalties are definitely a special royalty type. Just because you’re distributing your music with a digital distributor like Symphonic doesn’t necessarily mean you’re earning performance royalties. But you can increase your chances of earning them in many different ways.
How can I collect them?
In order to collect the maximum performance royalties you deserve from the PROs, you need to affiliate yourself as a writer and register your compositions with every single PRO in the territories in which you’re generating performance royalties. This can easily be accomplished through Symphonic Distribution.