What are Black Box Royalties?

These are royalties that go unclaimed.

Also known as Black Box Income, these are unclaimed royalties for which a publisher or writer is named but cannot be traced by a collection society. Writers who are owed royalties but cannot be found are often referred to as "lost" writers.

Many songwriters who sell their music internationally but are not signed to a publishing company with representation globally often become "lost" writers and lose their royalties. This is because they are only collecting from their local market. This income may be claimed from the result of audits, adjustments or international sources.

Luckily, Songtrust has a global collection network to make sure your royalties do not go uncollected! Here are all of the territories, Performance Rights Organizations (PROs), and mechanical royalty sources that we collect from!


Interested in learning more? Check out our blog post on Black Box Royalties.




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