Here’s a guide to when and how often you’ll be paid when you upload your music to online stores and streaming services with RouteNote.
Once you’ve uploaded your music to us, we’ve looked it over and approved it to be sent to your chosen services, and it’s live online – it’s time to see how well you’re doing and reap your earnings.
We upload your statistics 45 days after the end of each month. So if your music is online in January being streamed by people from anywhere, then we will have the data ready for you to see in your account on the 15th March.
Payments will be sent out on the same schedule but you will need to have earned $50 or more first. This is to reduce the charges that PayPal incur when we send you your earnings ensuring that you keep as much of your money as possible.
If you have any questions or issues feel free to get in touch with us on Facebook, Twitter, or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Once your music is live on all of the biggest stores and services around the world it’s time to get paid.
So – your music is online on all the platforms you wanted and people around the world are listening to it. Now it’s time to start reaping your rewards as the streams and sales roll in.
We distribute payments 45 days after the end of the month it has been earning in. For example if people were listening to your music in January then your music revenues would be available on the 15th of March.
You can see all of your earnings and where they’ve come from on your account at www.routenote.com. Once they have surpassed $50 then we will pay it out on the 15th of every month to the PayPal account that you have linked to your RouteNote account.
I uploaded my music through RouteNote and now my YouTube video is being claimed.
If you have selected YouTube as a store for your release then that means it is added to YouTube’s Content ID system. This system scans through videos for any uses of your music so if someone has used it then we can ensure you get paid what you deserve for the use of your music.
This can mean that your video might be claimed by the automatic YouTube system. This won’t be an issue for your channel or your video!
It’s as simple as disputing the claim on YouTube and clarifying that you are the original artist and the claim will be released.
If your video doesn’t meet YouTube’s requirements for ad-revenue then you can leave the claim and revenues from the video will be generated and sent to you through RouteNote.
If you have any further issues or questions then get in touch at email@example.com and our friendly team will be happy to help you out.
The world of copyright can be a complicated one but as an artist or creator it is VITAL you understand how your work is protected by the law and how to ensure you have the protection you need.
Copyright can seem like a scary word sometimes. COPYRIGHT! See what I mean? But don’t worry, with a little knowledge you and copyright will be the best of friends.
Copyrights are all about security: music copyrights provide the legal protection of – you guessed it – music!
Music is a wonderful thing, especially as a creator. But it can be a cruel world out there; people sampling music without permission, stealing melodies (ahem Robin Thicke ahem), singing lyrics as if they are their own. You want to make sure your creative work is protected from this.
There are two types of copyright for music recordings:
Performing Arts (PA) Copyright – Composition
The composition copyrights apply to the substance of your music this means lyrics, chords, melody – everything that makes it unique.
Composition copyrights apply from the point of creation in the US. So, as soon as you have written your lyrics on paper, transcribed your music notation down, or even just recorded a voice memo – you now own the PA copyright to your piece.
The copyrights of compositions typically go to songwriters, composers and publishers making up the Publishing industry. Publishers make their profits by helping artists to copyright compositions that they think have a lot of potential.
Sound Recording (SR) Copyright – Master
This is the actual recording of your music. The version that’s on your SoundCloud, the file that’s on your computer, what play’s when you press play on your DAW.
As with compositions, master recordings become copyrighted from the moment they become tangible (i.e. recorded). If your sound recording is fixed, meaning it is captured in a medium from which it can be perceived, reproduced, or otherwise communicated – you can now claim ownership of it.
The copyrights of master recordings typically belong to the performers (who performed on the recording) and the copyright owners which are often a record label. The record industry makes it’s money from the sale and use of sound recordings.
A short recording may lack sufficient amount of authorship to warrant copyright protection if it is very short. This applies to all work, for example a few words could not be copyrighted by an author the same as a poem or novel could.
Master recording copyrights do not apply when they are accompanying a motion picture or other audiovisual works. When accompanying a piece of film the recording is considered part of that motion picture or audiovisual work and not it’s own entity so will come under the copyright of that.
To win a suit regarding your master recording you must:
Show that your creation existed first
Prove that whoever has copied your work was aware of it before
Sampling ‘n’ Stuff
Okay, now we need to talk about Derivative Sound Recordings. A lot of the people who upload their music to RouteNote to get their music on all the top services are talented producers who might sample, chop and remix from other tracks. Copyright applies here the same as anywhere else.
So first of all – YOU MUST HAVE PERMISSION. Depending on the artist or work you will normally need a license to use someone else’s music in your own. Written permission from smaller artists will normally suffice as long as you ensure they are the sole copyright holders.
For derivative sound recordings – an audio recording that incorporates pre-existing sounds, such as sounds that were previously registered or published or sounds that were fixed before February 15, 1972 – the pre-existing sounds must have been altered or utilised in a way that makes it different from it’s original recording.
As long as you have in some way changed the source material (basically you can’t just steal a track and do nothing to it) and have acquired permission (which it’s best to have in writing for your protection) then you’re all set to sample, remix, re-work and have fun with other recordings!
Your content may be protected from the point of creation but to take legal action against someone to protect it you must formally register your Sound Recording and Performing Arts protection with the United States Copyright Office.
To register with the US Copyright Office you need:
A completed application form (Read below for advice)
A non-refundable filing fee – $35 for a single author work. Save money by submitting an EP or Album in it’s entirety
The required ‘deposit’ of your work – recommended a digital file that cannot exceed 500 MB in size.
If submitting your work in a physical format, print a shipping slip after completing the online application form and deposit it in the same package as your ‘deposit’.
You can submit up to ten unpublished sound recordings using the online group registration of unpublished works. Must be unpublished and created by the same author(s) with all authors named as copyright claimants.
Multiple sound recordings can be submitted as a ‘collective work’. For example a digital album or CD. This will cover the individual sound recordings as well if they are owned by the same party and they have not been previously published or registered and aren’t in the public domain.
You can register multiple sound recordings with text and artwork as a ‘unit of publication’. This applies if they were physically packaged or bundled together and if all the recordings were published together in the unit.
Once submitted it becomes part of the public record and cannot be returned.
Guide to completing the Application form:
Type of Work
When you begin an application, select the “Sound Recording” option on the “Type of Work” screen. The questions you encounter when filling out the application are based on the choice you make at the beginning of the application. If you select the wrong option you will need to start over.
Provide the title exactly as it appears on the work itself.
“Publication” occurs when phonorecords of a work are distributed to the public by sale, transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending. Offering to distribute phonorecords to a group of persons for the purpose of further distribution or publicly performing the work also constitutes publication.
Simply performing a sound recording publicly does not constitute publication.
If the work has not been published, state that the work is “unpublished.”
If the work has been published, give the month, day, and year that phonorecords were first distributed to the public or first offered to a group of persons for further distribution or public performance.
The author of a sound recording is the performer featured in the recording and the producer who captured and processed the sounds that appear in the final recording.
If the performer or producer created the sound recording during the course of his or her employment under a typical employment relationship, then the sound recording is a work made for hire, and the employer is the author of the sound recording.
If the performer or producer created the sound recording for a third party as a compilation or contribution to a collective work, and if the parties agreed in writing that the sound recording will be a “work made for hire,” then the third party is the author of the work. For more information on works made for hire, see Works Made for Hire (Circular 30)
Type of Authorship
When registering a sound recording, check the box for “Sound Recording”
When registering artwork, photographs, or text of liner notes, include a brief statement to that effect in the “Other” field.
When registering a compilation or a collective work (see below), state “compilation of sound recordings” in the “Other” field.
Limitation of Claim
When registering a derivative sound recording, identify the preexisting material in the “material excluded” field and identify the new material in the “new material included” field. If the preexisting material has been registered with the Copyright Office, include the registration number and year.
We hope this guide helps you to navigate the turbulent seas of copyrights and that you make sure your work is protected as you want it to be.
See who’s streaming your music and how many people are listening, customise your artist profile and more with JioSaavn Artists Insights!
JioSaavn is India’s favourite music streaming service with over 250 million listeners it’s one of the most popular music services in the world! You can get your music on JioSaavn for free with RouteNote and with Artist Insights you can see exactly how your music is doing and making sure it looks how you want it to.
JioSaavn Artist Insights offers:
Up to date Streams and Monthly Listeners statistics
See where your listeners are coming from
Track your growth
Update your artist image
Add an artist biography to your profile
Getting access to your JioSaavn Artist Insights is simple if you’re the artist or an artist manager:
My music has been live for longer than 45 days, where can I see how well my music has done?
We receive the statistics and earnings that your music has made throughout a month 45 days after it has ended. So if your music is live in January you will be able to see your earnings for that month on the 15th of March.
In the digital music age copyrights and sampling laws have become a much more prescient issue in music. Producer Abid Hussain summarises what you need to know in his great talk at Ableton’s Loop summit.
Watch this short video and get to grips with what you need to know.
With RouteNote you can distribute your music for free and choose any and all of our partners including streaming services and download stores as well as services like Shazam and YouTube. You keep 85% of all the money you earn and have access to everything we offer, there are no paywalls for certain features.
For $9.99 a single you can keep 100% of everything you make from services. After a year we ask for $9.99 to keep it online or you can switch to free distribution. You can always switch between Free and Premium at any time simply by getting in touch.
DistroKid costs $20 for the year for 5 singles but for full distribution everywhere it costs a lot more. To match RouteNote’s distribution you’ll have to pay extra hidden costs:
Shazam & iPhone Siri: $0.99 per song/year Make it easy for people to identify this single if they hear it playing on radio/tv, in stores, restaurants, parties, etc.
Store Maximizer: $7.95 per album/year DistroKid will automatically deliver this single to new online stores and streaming services as we add them. Which is often. We’ll give you notice before adding.
YouTube Money: $4.95 per single/year, $14.95 per album/year, + 20% of YouTube ad revenue Get notified & paid if your music is ever used in any YouTube videos. We’ll add this single to YouTube’s Content ID database, and continually scan for matches. When your music is detected in any YouTube video, you’ll be notified—and ad revenue will automatically go to you, instead of to the person who uploaded the video. Watch YouTube’s video explaining Content ID.
Leave a Legacy: $29.00 per single, $49.00 per album of 2+ tracks (nonrecurring fee) DistroKid will never delete this single from stores due to a lapsed DistroKid membership, even if you die. You can always choose to delete it any time—or not. You will continue to accrue 100% of royalties, as normal, forever. Leave your legacy for future generations.
You can pay for a subscription each year or if you want each individual single to stay online forever regardless of subscription you have to pay legacy. Legacy costs you $145 for 5 singles!
If you’d like to find out more about what RouteNote offers feel free to get in touch on Facebook or Twitter.