If you own your master recording and that recording is publicly performed or broadcasted on the media sources listed below, you and whomever else is performing on the recording are earning neighboring rights royalties.
You earn neighboring rights royalties if your recording is being play on:
- Pandora (or any internet radio platform)
- BBC Radio, Sirius XM (or any satellite radio platform)
- Cable TV music channels
- Terrestrial radio (outside of the USA) **
- Businesses and retailers as background music (ex. restaurants, hotels, etc..)
- Live Clubs and/or any performance venue
- Various new online media
However, it is important to understand that just because your recordings are selling well in a given territory does not mean you are earning neighboring rights royalties. Neighboring rights royalties are earned only when your master recording is publicly performed or broadcasted, not sold. Lastly, Songtrust does not collect neighboring rights royalties since they are generated on behalf of the recording, and not the underlying composition.
**Currently the terrestrial radio in the United States are not required to pay royalties on behalf of the master recording. They only have to pay royalties on behalf of the underlying composition used.