Do You Collect Royalties from Songs Already Registered with ASCAP/BMI/SESAC/SOCAN/etc.?

Yes, as long as you also register them with us!

Performing Rights Organizations (PROs) like ASCAP, BMI, etc. collect performance royalties. These royalties are divided in half between the publisher share and the writer share. Upon registration with Songtrust, you will be asked if you are already affiliated with a PRO. If you confirm that you are affiliated, Songtrust will generate a Letter of Direction (LOD) that we will send to your PRO, informing them that Songtrust will now be collecting the publisher share of your performance royalties, for the songs that you have registered with Songtrust, on your behalf. Your writer share will continue to be paid directly to you by your PRO. 

When you join Songtrust, you can transfer your ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, or SOCAN catalog to your Songtrust agreement at no additional charge.

Please note that we receive the publisher share payment for each quarter at the same time you receive the writer share. We will then process that payment and pay it out to you the following quarter, meaning we are always one quarter behind your PRO. If you're seeing payments that don't add up, it's likely because you will receive the corresponding publisher share from us in the following quarter.

Below is a diagram illustrating the ways in which royalties are divided.

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