After talking to a few artists about releasing music I realized that most of them had no idea about PRO’s (Performance Rights Organizations). So I wanted to take the time to break down exactly what you need to do after you purchase beats.
Whenever you do purchase beats from me or any professional producer, you are always provided a contract. In the contract it will let you know about the spilts for royalties, publishing, and album points. For example whenever you purchase from me (Epikbeats.net), the spilts are 50/50 for both royalties and publishing. Make sure to ALWAYS READ YOUR CONTRACTS!
“….but how do I add the splits?”
Once you have purchase the license, recorded the song, and completed the mixing and mastering; its time to register the music. In order to make sure that you and I (the producer) are paid properly you need to register the music with a PRO ( Performance Rights Organization).
Most artists make the mistake of distributing the music first with companies like Distrokid, CDbaby, or Tunecore and think thats registering the music but its not. Lets say a song does blow up! If its being played on the radio or being performed at shows, you and I will miss out on the royalties. This is where the PRO’s come in .
What are PRO’s?
PRO’s are organizations who collect performance rights royalties for songwriter and publishers for music used in radio, tv shows, commercials, or live performances. So every time your song is played on the radio, orgs. like ASCAP , BMI, or SESAC will collect the royalties and will cut a check for you and I or any collaborator.
How do I register?
All you need to do is head over to ASCAP or BMI and register as a songwriter and publisher. I believe SESAC is a invited only organization which is why i didn’t mention it. There is a one time fee of $100 to register as a songwriter and publisher with ASCAP. Its free to register as a songwriter with BMI but they do charge $150 to register as a publisher and $250 if you are a company.
Now that you are signed up, all you need to do is “add the work”. I currently use ASCAP, so here’s what it looks like to add the spilts on the backend.
If you have any questions or concerns, drop a comment below to me know. I hope this helps!