The following information is regarding TuneCore's Publishing Administration service
Your decision to be affiliated with a society in your territory of residence/origin is an excellent and very necessary choice. It may be possible some societies have reciprocal agreements (or collection rights), however these agreements do not exist in all territories. Collecting royalties for your compositions (a separate copyright and separate royalty from your recordings) can be very complicated. That is why we are here to help!
If you are affiliated with a US based PRO (ASCAP, BMI SESAC)
These US based Performance Rights Organizations (BMI, ASCAP, SESAC) collect performance royalties (Live Performances, Radio Airplay, TV reruns, interactive and non-interactive streaming performance royalties)
Mechanicals derived from digital downloads (outside of the US and Latin America) like iTunes and interactive streaming stores (worldwide) like Spotify are not included in the payment TuneCore receives from the digital stores for distribution. These royalties are also not collected by the Performance Rights Organizations in the US or Latin America (BMI, ASCAP, SESAC etc.).
As your Publishing Administrator we register your compositions directly with every society and digital store worldwide so you can collect these mechanical royalties.
If you are affiliated with a society outside of the US
If you are affiliated with a society outside of the US and Canada there are some reciprocal agreements for mechanical royalties with other territories but not with the US or Canada (CMRRA).
Mechanicals derived from digital sales (for downloads and interactive streams) outside of the US ARE automatically forwarded to the local societies. TuneCore’s established relationships allow us to go directly to these sources with your distribution data providing an audit trail to ensure the accuracy of your royalties. We take it one step further by registering your compositions directly with each society.
- To collect the mechanicals due for interactive streaming (like Spotify) or digital downloads (like ITunes) you need a Publishing Administrator to represent you in the US and Canada or you can not collect these royalties.
Please see the following link to our blog for more information about why you need Tunecore and a society affiliation http://blog.tunecore.com/2013/05/why-you-need-tunecore-publishing-administration-and-ascap-bmi-or-sesac.html