Does SESAC Collect Mechanical Royalties?

No, SESAC collects performance royalties.

SESAC does not deal with the mechanical royalties generated by physical sales and interactive streams. Like other Performing Rights Organizations (PROs), it handles the performance royalties that are earned whenever a work is played publicly, including live concerts, satellite or broadcast radio stations, and restaurant or bar loudspeakers. 

As your publishing administrator, Songtrust will register your songs with key Mechanical Rights Organizations (MROs) like The Mechanical Licensing Collective (The MLC) and other global pay sources. We then collect these royalties throughout the year and distribute them quarterly. 

For more on how mechanical royalties differ from performance royalties, check out our mini-crash course, our blog post breakdown or complete list of mechanical royalty sources.


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