Artists & musicians everywhere; how much did you earn from performing royalties last year?
In particular, how much did your performing rights society collect for you from licenses for music played in public areas?
Many if us dont get anything or very little from this channel because its not easy to understand if anyone did play your music in a store, a restaurant or for example a hotel lobby.
Its much easier to track and identify when a track of yours is played if it is connected to a TV advert or a film shown on TV because for one, you know when it is signed for that use (assuming your publisher had told you) and the TV channel is obliged to fill out a sheet to list music usage to help the performing rights society pay you for the use publically of your music.
The problem here is that not always do broadcasters get around to filling out the sheets so sometimes artists themselves have to become detectives and track down the guy who should be doing the sheet (called a cue sheet).
Anyway, thats a problem for another article.
The problem with the way public royalties are paid is that, because they dont know if your music has been played and how much, they have to make some reasonable judgements on typically who’s music would more likely be played.
This approach means the guys in the charts and those others well known artists who are more often than not played on the radio are the guys who get the money. For them it makes perfect sense to be signed up to a performing rights society, they’ve made their name in music and are more than likely to be the one who is actually being played.
Except.. There is an alternative.
You, as an artist are free to with your copyright owned compositions & recordings what you want. You can choose to develop a collection of music and also look through your collection to find music suitable for backgrounds of businesses like hotel lobbys, shops and restaurants that is not connected to any performing rights society royalty collection service.
This music can be used with a more direct route to market via Background-music-library.com. We know exactly who has licensed tge use of which tracks of yours every month so we can pay you directly for that use.
You can create two parallel collections, one for higher priced broadcasting licensing such as TV work and also a collection for background music use, only the higher priced compositions do you use a performing rights society to collect royalties for, the other collection, use us at Background Music Library.