What if I'm Already Affiliated With a Performing Rights Organization (PRO)?

That will work, just add your writer with their IPI number.

When you sign up for Songtrust, you must be affiliated with a Performing Rights Organization (PRO) , so if you are already a member that's great! All you have to do is complete the Letter of Direction (LOD) in your account so we can to let your PRO know that we will be collecting on your behalf.

The reason you need to be affiliated with a PRO is because, whenever your song is used, say, on a broadcast TV commercial, you are entitled to both a writer's share of royalties - paid directly to you by your PRO as well as the publisher's share of royalties. Oftentimes, a songwriter may be properly set up to receive writer royalties for usage of their music,but the publishing side gets overlooked. This is where Songtrust comes in.

Songtrust acts as your publishing administrator, making sure you’re getting paid 100% for what you’re owed in publishing royalties. You would still receive 100% of your writer royalties directly from your PRO.

We also register your songs with all of the appropriate royalty collection agencies including:

These royalty streams are entirely separate from the royalties paid out by your PRO, which is why Songtrust is perfect for songwriters irrespective of their current affiliation with a PRO. 


Interested in learning more? Check out our blog post on why just being affiliated with a PRO is not enough. 


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