How do music royalties work in India?

How do music royalties work in India?

Music is an art which, like any other art form, takes time and effort to create.

Because music is easily available and can be duplicated, people often use it for their own profit without sharing it with the artist.

Commercial use of music for profit without getting royalties is one of the most common problems music artists have to deal with.

Why should musicians get royalties in the first place?

In olden times, musicians used to play at the royal courts. Each time they performed, the court rewarded their performance.

After the entry of music labels, the opportunity to perform and be paid declined, except when the bands toured.

One of the ways a musician today makes money to sustain his, or her craft, is through music royalties.

Royalties are paid for the use of music in public spaces and for public listening. 

Is there a solution for getting your due in music royalties?

Sure, there is. What’s missing is the awareness amongst artists, as well as business owners, who use the music.

When you upload your work publicly or share it with anyone, the most important thing is to have a copyright for your music. If you don’t, it becomes very simple to duplicate it. And someone else might end up reaping the fruits of your hard work.

Next, make sure that you get royalties for your musical work when someone uses it for commercial purpose. Commercial use could include anything from selling your music on their platform, playing it at their store, restaurant or pub, or even live performances.

If you are a music artist in India, it is very important that you know how music royalties actually work.

Here are 4 things about music royalties in India that every music creator must know.

  1. Depending on where your music is being used, the amount you get paid as royalty differs. Broadly, the different types of royalties are Mechanical Royalty which is owed to songwriters, Live Performance Royalty which is owed to all the music creators, Blanket License, Publishing Deal and Tour Merchandising. Read more about the nuances of each here.

  2. To receive a performance royalty, being a member of a PRO (Performance Rights Organisation) like IPRS, PRS, ASCAP, GEMA, or SOCAN is a must. An Indian artist, or music label, can get in touch with these societies for royalties. Musicians normally don't bother with music administration and royalties themselves. This has given rise to a specialty royalty administration service. The royalty service helps with cue-sheets preparation and your music registration hassles.
  3. According to the amendment in the Copyright (Amendment) Act 2012, a music company must pay 50% of the total royalty collected to the lyricists and composers. It was concluded that not just the music producer or singer, but the lyricists and composers are equally responsible for the music created.
  4. IPRS is a copyright society which owns the exclusive public performance rights in India for music. If you aren’t a member of IPRS yet, don’t you think you’re missing out?

Becoming a member of PROs and registering your work with them is a long and meticulous process.

It involves widely different standards for different royalty socieities. This is why specialty companies have emerged to manage royalties world wide.

At Joshua Royalties, we register music on your behalf.

All you have to do is get in touch with Joshua Royalties and we’ll do the rest.

No more worrying about PRS, IPRS, GEMA, SOCAN or ASCAP memberships, registering your musical work, managing cue sheets, monitoring live performance royalties, or anything else.

At Joshua Royalties, we know all the various territory-wise rules for music distribution and royalties. While adhering to these rules, we follow up to ensure accurate payments to you.

Wish to know more about our services? Here’s what Joshua Royalties does.

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