FAQ

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

Once you start earning, we take 20% of any royalties we administer for you and 25% of any upfront gross synchronisation fee (which is the equivalent of 50% of the publishing share).

 

ARE THERE ANY CHARGES OUTSIDE OF THE COMMISSION?

None at all. We will only ever take the commission stated above on the net fees we receive.

 

DO I HAVE TO BE A MEMBER OF A COLLECTION SOCIETY?

No, it’s not essential to become a member of a Collection Society e.g PRS, GEMA, ASCAP, as Sentric Electronic will assist you in collecting what is available. But we do recommend that you join your local society or the society in the country where you receive most of your sales income. Members of Collection Societies get paid 50% of the performing royalties direct.

 

WHEN DO I GET MY MONEY?

Sentric Electronic make payments on a quarterly basis. It can take up to 9-12 months for the royalties to flow, after the tracks are registered. Many societies only pay out once or twice a year.The key thing is to register every track and every gig.

 

HOW WILL MY ROYALTIES BE PAID TO ME?

If you are a not a direct member of a Collection Society, we will receive your royalties and pass them onto you. We will get in touch with a statement to show exactly how much you have earned and to get your bank details. If your payment is over the £40 threshold we will pay your royalties via bank transfer about a week later.

If you are a direct member of a Collection Society and have given us your CAE/IPI number, we would have added it to your track registrations, meaning you will also receive some royalties direct from the Collection Society.

 

THE REGISTRATIONS AT MY COLLECTION SOCIETY SHOW SENTRIC ELECTRONIC CONTROLLING A 50% SHARE OF MY TRACKS EVEN THOUGH OUR DEAL IS 80/20?

We register your tracks at Collection Societies around the world. The rights are split 50/50. If you are a member of a collection society, you get 50% direct and we receive 50%. As our deals are 80/20. We pay you from the 50% we receive, to make sure you get your 80%.

 

CAN I GET MONEY FOR GIGS I’VE ALREADY PLAYED OR RADIO PLAYS, THAT HAVE ALREADY HAPPENED?

Yes. How far back depends on your situation; if you are not a member of a Collection Society in some cases you can go back 6 months previous and if a member you can go back 12 months

 

HOW MUCH DO I GET PER GIG?

How much you receive is dependant on a number of factors:

  • The size of the venue you play at (The bigger the audiences, the higher the royalty)
  • The ticket price of the gig or if the venue is licenced by the local Collection Society
  • Where you were on the lineup (e.g Headliner, first support etc..)

 

IS THERE AN EASIER WAY TO ADD IN GIGS?

Yes. You can promote your gigs on Facebook and Bandsintown and also have them automatically be added to your Sentric Electronic profile. All you need to do is sign up free to bandsintown and add a few details. All the information will get added to your page on Facebook, on the Bandsintown website and onto your Sentric Electronic profile. All you will be required to do is click verify for the gigs to be processed by the relevant society around the world.

 

WHY AM I NOT GETTING ROYALTIES FOR ONLINE RADIO PLAYS?

Online radio stations are not required to provide playlist data by collection societies. So there are no royalties paid out for tracks played on those stations.

WHAT IS SYNCHRONISATION ALL ABOUT?

“Synchronisation” is the industry term for matching up music with adverts, television programmes, films etc..We work with a range of production companies, TV stations, music supervisors and advertising agencies. You will see sync briefs in the Sentric Electronic system requesting tracks. You can add your track for consideration.

Sync’s are extremely competitive but very rewarding for the artist in terms of income and profile.

 

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PUBLISHING CONTRACT AND A RECORD CONTRACT?

A record contract signs an artist to a record label and pays royalties for sales (downloads, Streams, CD’s & Vinyl). A publishing contract signs a songwriter to a publisher, paying royalties for radio, TV, live performance, downloads, streams, & physical product. The producer is often the artist and songwriter and signs both contracts.

 

WHY IS SOUNDCLOUD TAKING DOWN MY TRACKS?

Soundcloud usually take down tracks as requested by the Rights Holder due to a”breach of copyright”. The label or Distributor become the Rights Holder of the track once you sign the record contract. So they have the right to say where the track can be used/uploaded.