How Long Does It Take To Start Collecting Royalties?

Royalty payment timelines

Songtrust collects from a myriad of revenue sources, with each source paying out on their own timeline.

When first signing up with Songtrust, it will take an average of 9-12 months before you see your first royalty payment. This is because, on average, it will take around 9-12 months before your catalog is fully registered globally. Once this step is complete, we then begin to receive and process payments from the various societies around the world. Once Songtrust receives royalties for your registered musical works, you will receive these earnings at the end of that quarter, so long as you accumulate enough royalties to make the $5 minimum payout.

Publishing Timeline - UPDATED 12020It is important to note that some societies prioritize based on total earnings--so the higher earners will be paid out faster.

Also, don't forget to add International Standard Recording Code's (ISRCs) to your songs--this is very important, especially for collecting mechanical royalties, and can greatly speed up the collection process.

If you have a significant amount of streams and don't think you are receiving the correct amount of royalties, email us at or fill out our Support Form, and we'll be happy to look into your catalog further.


Interested in learning more? Check out our Blog post on the registration process and timeline.



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