When Should I Expect My First Royalty Payments?

Typically 9-12 months after affiliation

If you're affiliating with a Performance Rights Organization (PRO) (for example ASCAP or BMI) via your Songtrust account for the first time, the earliest you will see royalties is 9 - 12 months after affiliation.

Note: this lag time is standard for all Performance Rights Organizations, whereby there is a minimum of 6 months between the use of your songs and royalty payments.

If you are already affiliated with a PRO at the time of joining Songtrust, you should not see any interruption to their performance royalty collection. It typically takes about a year after joining Songtrust to see royalties from additional sources like mechanical royalties and international performance royalties.

If your songs aren't being meaningfully consumed (sold, streamed, broadcast on TV, played on radio, etc.),  you should not expect royalties. Songtrust does not generate royalties for you, we collect royalties that your works are already making. 

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