DRM Royalties and Reports:

We on-pay digital royalties from the downloads and streams+views on the digital music platforms (iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, etc). These royalties from releases that we have digitally distributed on your behalf will flow through to you on your DRM royalty reports issued every 2 months.

Your first royalty report will typically take about four or five months to get published from the point your release goes live, and from then you will receive new reports every two months.  These reports compile data and income from the digital music services. This includes downloads, streams and monetized content-ID claims from YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.

Each report includes a summary PDF, as well as a detailed spreadsheet breaking down all activity from the two-month period reported.

Once royalty reports become available, an email notification is sent out to the account holder’s email address, with the reports then being visible in your client portal.

Other Types of Royalties and Operations You Should Be Aware Of:

APRA deal with on-paying royalties due to songwriters. As songwriter royalties don’t flow through DRM, the registering of your material is advised. Please get in touch with great folk at APRA to find out more info on their setup and payments.

Recorded Music deal with the licensing of music for Radio and Television broadcasters to use recordings and provide licences for certain webcast services. Through OneMusic, a joint initiative with APRA, they also licence businesses around the country to use members’ music in public places. Learn more about Recorded Music.

YouTube & Believe:

We are also a certified partner with YouTube’s Content ID system, which matches your music within any videos using your material on YouTube. We are additionally partnered with Believe Digital who help ensure our artists’ material is represented & reported accordingly on this complex platform.

PLEASE NOTE: When you upload a video to YouTube which contains music that we have delivered to YouTube & the Content ID system, you will likely receive a copyright notification which you can ignore.

Example: You have just uploaded your official music video for your bands latest single delivered through DRM to the digital services and then you receive the following

As this is showing that the Content ID system is working to protect your material on YouTube and ensuring that the royalties for the usage of your material is reported on to the correct party, you can ignore this notification from YouTube: all is as it should be!

YouTube FAQs


With over 400 hours of video uploaded each minute and 25+ billion views each month, YouTube’s massive popularity accurately represents the universal nature of their service. Many videos on YouTube containing music were made from scratch and uploaded by music fans.

Someone is using your material on their video. How can we help?

YouTube has a huge management system running their content. They check and ‘establish’ your content within YouTube’s powerful digital fingerprinting back-end. This includes sound recordings and videos which you have created.

So when a copy of your content is recognised, we can put a policy in place to benefit you: either to block access to that content, track the video activity, or monetize the video with ads.

Is this system information available to everyone?

No, YouTube’s content ID system is not available to the general public only to certified YouTube partners. Like us.

How can this help?

We will be able to generate income on your behalf. We work with YouTube and manage your videos through this Content ID system, see who is using your original content, and find ways for you to profit from it.

We also ensure users aren’t uploading your content and self-monetizing it, which can happen if you’re not properly represented in YouTube’s Content ID system.

Monetise YouTube FAQs

How do you monetise YouTube videos?

Just like TV, advertisers pay YouTube to serve ads on videos. Unlike TV, YouTube shares a portion of those monies with the content creator – you. You’re getting rewarded (paid) for producing quality content.

What are the types of ads and what is the return?

That depends on what types of ads the advertiser has chosen buy. Following is a chart that shows you the different ad types YouTube sells on videos.

What If I don’t want ads on my videos?

If you decide that you don’t want any ads served on your videos, then your videos won’t monetize and you won’t make any money.

How do I maximize the money from my videos?

You can opt into all ad formats for all of your videos on your YouTube channel. You can try it yourself by going here, or you can work with a Multi-Channel Network like DRM who can do it for you.

I’m using someone else’s original content in a video I uploaded. What monetisation opportunities exist for me?

If you’ve used content you don’t own and you did get permission from the person that owns the original content, then we may be able to help you monetize the video more effectively and find better revenue opportunities for you.

YouTube Ad Types



What is a Multi-Channel Network (MCN)?

It’s the equivalent of a TV Network, book publisher or record company in the YouTube world. MCN’s sign content and distribute to their networks, where in exchange for a share of the money generated from your videos in your channel. They provide a whole raft of services that support your growth on your YouTube channel.

This includes;

  • Channel Optimisation and Management
  • Audience Growth and Development
  • Content ID to match/monetize any user-generated videos that may include your content
  • Partner Support
  • Cross-Promotional Opportunities

An MCN is your account manager for your original content. It monitors monetisation opportunities, provides support with issues you’re facing on your channel and has the detailed knowledge unavailable in YouTube’s help section.