HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Our service is free to join. Once your music generates royalties, we take a 20% cut on anything we administer. Our synchronisation cut is 25% of any upfront gross synchronisation fee, which equals to 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 (i.e. PRS, GEMA, ASCAP) as Sentric Electronic will assist you in collecting what is available. However, we do recommend that you join your local society, or the society of the country from which you receive most of your sales income. Members of collection societies get paid 50% of the performing royalties they are owed directly.
WHEN DO I GET MY MONEY?
Sentric Electronic makes payments on a quarterly basis. Once tracks are registered, it can take up to 9-12 months for royalties to flow through. Many societies only pay out once or twice a year. The key to regular payouts is to register every track and every gig as soon as possible.
HOW WILL MY ROYALTIES BE PAID TO ME?
If you are a not a direct member of a collection society, we will receive royalties collected on your behalf and distribute them to you accordingly. We will get in touch with a statement to show exactly how much you have earned and request your bank details. If your payment is over the £40 threshold, we will pay out 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 will have added it to your track registrations, meaning that you will also receive royalties directly 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% of your royalties directly and we receive the other 50%. We payout the remainder of the royalties you are owed from the 50% we’ve collected on your behalf, ensuring you get your full 80%.
CAN I GET MONEY FOR SETS I’VE ALREADY PLAYED OR RADIO PLAYS, THAT HAVE ALREADY HAPPENED?
Yes. The extent to which we can backdate gig claims depends on your situation. If you are a member of a collection society we can claim gigs within a 12 month period. If you are not a direct member of a collection society, we can work within a 6 month window.
HOW MUCH DO I GET PER SET?
How much you receive is dependant on a number of factors:
- The size of the venue (the larger he capacity, the higher the royalty)
- The ticket price
- Venue licensing
- Your position on the lineup (i.e. headliner, first support act, etc..)
IS THERE AN EASIER WAY TO ADD IN SETS?
Yes. When your promote your sets via Facebook and Bandsintown, the information can be automatically added to your Sentric Electronic profile. All you need to do is sign up to Bandsintown (free service) and add a few details. The information you fill in will subsequently get added to the Bandsintown website, your Facebook page, as well as your Sentric Electronic account. Once this process is in place, all you will be required to do in the future is click verify for the sets to be processed by the relevant societies 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. As a result, no royalties are 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.
Syncs are extremely competitive but very rewarding. Those who are successful see a significant rise in profile and income.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PUBLISHING CONTRACT AND A RECORD CONTRACT?
A record contract signs an artist to a record label. The label pays royalties for sales (downloads, Streams, CD’s & Vinyl).
A publishing contract signs a producer or songwriter to a music publisher. The publisher oversees the income generated by the artist’s intellectual property, or copyright. This includes radio, TV, live performance, downloads, streams, & physical product sales.
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.
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