Recording royalties from download sales and streams
What are they?
A recording royalty is the most basic royalty artists and labels get every time their master recording is downloaded (on iTunes, Beatport, etc.) or streamed (on Spotify, Rhapsody, etc.).
Who collects them?
A distributor collects royalties directly from stores/streaming platforms on behalf of labels. An artist’s label will then collect the recording royalties and distribute them to the artist. If an artist is not with a label, the artist will collect the recording royalties directly from the distributor.
How do I know if I’m earning them?
You’re definitely earning recording royalties if your music is selling or streaming on any basic retailer platform – iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, Rhapsody, Beatport, etc.
How can I collect them?
An artist collects sales and recording royalties from the artist’s distributor or label. If you’re on a label, always stick with the label – never go directly to the distributor. This is basic etiquette that is usually laid out in distributor-label contracts.
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