Anyone who writes music and/or lyrics! If you write music, chances are your music will get played or performed in a venue, on the radio, or on the Internet. It’s also quite likely your original music could be covered by another artist, or purchased overseas. Make sure you get paid every time your music is used with CD Baby Pro.
There are two main kinds of royalties we’ll collect:
Performance royalties include anytime your song is played in a public venue. Not only does this include when you or anyone else performs your song in a venue, it also includes when your recorded music is played on TV and radio.
As an independent artist, it's nearly impossible to get paid all the mechanical royalties you're owed — unless, of course, mountains of paperwork, hundreds of unreturned emails and phone calls, and never-ending admin fees are enough to put the pep in your step each morning. Your performing rights organization (ASCAP, BMI, SESAC) is not responsible for collecting these kinds of royalties, so you're still missing out on mechanicals from streaming services like Spotify (worldwide), as well as international mechanicals for digital sales through sites like iTunes. CD Baby Pro is here to change all that; we'll make sure you get paid what you're owed.
Yes you could. But signing up for hundreds of collection agencies around the world is incredibly time-consuming, the documentation is frequently complicated, and some performing rights organizations charge a fee to register. We created CD Baby Pro to make the process simple, automated, and affordable.
That’s fine. You will continue to receive songwriter revenue through the rights organization you signed up with. We’ll simply collect the publishing royalties on your behalf that have most likely gone uncollected. That means that even if you’re already registered with a performing rights organization, you probably are only getting a part of all the royalties owed to you. CD Baby Pro will make sure those royalties are paid to you.
If you created a publishing company for the sole purpose of signing up to ASCAP or BMI, it won’t be a problem. But If you have a publishing agreement with a third party (a record label or private publishing company other than yourself) we won’t be able to administer your publishing—as you are already in contract with someone else to do so.
We take an admin fee of 15% of your collected royalties.
Yes. As always, you keep 100% of the rights to your music.