CD BABY PRO

Make more money from your music

Every time your music is played on the radio, streamed on the Internet, purchased in a foreign country, or performed in a live venue — you are owed additional royalties. That’s why we created CD Baby Pro.

New to CD Baby? Sign up with Pro for $39 a single or $99 an album

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CD Baby Pro gives you all of our standard worldwide and CD distribution plus these additional services:

Receive publishing royalties

You are owed royalties when your song is streamed, purchased, performed live, played on the radio or TV, and more. We’ll collect these royalties for you and pay it right into your CD Baby account.

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Get affiliated as a songwriter with ASCAP or BMI

We’ll save you the time-consuming task of getting registered witih ASCAP or BMI, the two largest performing rights organizations in the US that collect performance royalties for songwriters and publishers.

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Get your songs registered worldwide

Your songs will be registered with ASCAP or BMI, plus performing rights organizations around the world. Failure to properly register songs is the #1 reason songwriters miss out on royalties owed to them.

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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs

Who should go Pro?

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.

What type of royalties will I receive?

There are two main kinds of royalties we’ll collect:

  • Performance Royalties
    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.
  • Mechanical Royalties
    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.

Can’t I just do this myself?

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.

What if I’m already registered with a performing rights organization like ASCAP, BMI, or SESAC?

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.

What if I already have a publishing company?

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.

What percentage does CD Baby take?

We take an admin fee of 15% of your collected royalties.

Do I retain my rights to my music?

Yes. As always, you keep 100% of the rights to your music.

What if I’m a co-writer?

No problem. You can enter the percentage of royalties each songwriter will receive when you sign up.

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