Why is My Song Registration Still Listed as "Processing"?

It takes time to properly register your songs globally

Once you add songs into your Songtrust account, we then register them at dozens of different Performing Rights Organizations (PROs) and Collective Management Organizations (CMOs) around the world. Each society has their own set timeline for processing song registrations.

Your songs can be registered with one society and not another, despite Songtrust sending them out for global registration at the same time to all societies. In addition, it is not uncommon for societies register songs but then not sent us confirmation for a while after the work has been registered in their system. As a result, your songs might show as processing when they are in fact already registered.

Not to worry, as we can collect any royalties that are generated while the songs are still processing.


The Songtrust registration timeline is outlined below:


Step 1.

Song Added

  • This step is there to show you the date your song was added. Once it's added, it will automatically go in to the "song processing" stage

Step 2.

Song Processing

  • There are a few things we have to do internally to make sure your song gets sent out correctly. We are confirming your affiliation and song details, then we will send your song in our weekly CWR file to pay sources.
    • If your song stays in this stage after 6-8 weeks since the song was added, please reach out to us via the Support Form to ensure we have everything we need for it to be successfully sent out. 

Step 3.

Song Sent and Pending

  • We sent out your song! Now, we are waiting to hear back from pay sources. Your song will be in this step from anywhere between 6-12 months depending on the society. This is also only the timeline if your song information was entered correctly from the beginning. Any edits you’ve made where the song needed to be updated and resent could possibly take longer. However, please reach out to us via Support Form if you do need to make edits to songs.

Step 4.


Your song has started to be registered, which means we are able to start collecting your royalties for you! This is exciting stuff. It can take up to a year to get your song fully registered, so please keep that in mind. It is not uncommon for societies to register songs but not send us confirmation right away. Certain societies will only show works that have generated royalties so far. This means that if your songs are not appearing in the public search at a certain PRO, it might just be that they aren't payable yet. 


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