Can I Use Songtrust to Manage an Estate?

Yes, you can use Songtrust to manage the estate of someone who has passed away.

It is important to know that there are several steps that need to be taken before Songtrust can help you manage an estate. The PRO's have an identification and verification process that you must partake in.

The following information is based on BMI, and may vary slightly depending on the Performing Rights Organization of the deceased. Please check with the corresponding PRO on their specific procedures.

Often times, when someone passes away, their account is frozen by the PRO so that no funds are paid out until they can determine who the correct heir(s) is.

In order to collect royalties on behalf of someone who is deceased, you must provide legal documentation (such as a will) to the PRO that proves you are the designated person who is supposed to receive these royalties. Once this is proven, you will be given the right to collect.

This process needs to be done separately from your Songtrust account, and Songtrust can not offer legal advice. If you have gone through this process and would like to use Songtrust to collect on behalf of the estate, please let us know in the chat box and we will be happy to help you get this set up.

You can learn more about this here and by contacting the appropriate PRO.