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!