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How can music artists earn mechanical royalties in India?

How can music artists earn mechanical royalties in India?

Are you a music artist struggling to establish yourself in the music industry? Or simply looking to earn more from your music?

One of the best ways to grow your career, financially and otherwise, is by applying for music royalties.

There are different types of royalties for music artists in India. Mechanical royalties, is one of them.

Want to understand mechanical royalties better?

Experts at Joshua Royalties answer the 4 most commonly asked questions.

  1. What is mechanical royalty?

    Mechanical Royalties is the royalty that an artist receives every time a copy of his original work is produced. In simpler terms, for every CD, vinyl or even digital downloads, the artist receives a certain percentage as mechanical royalties.

    Mechanical royalty is not generated by sales. Nor is it calculated as a percentage of the sale price. In its pure sense, it is the fee for the mechanical reproduction of a composition.

  2. How can I apply for mechanical royalties?

    Many Authors , Composers are under the impression that they will receive Mechanical Royalty just by being members of IPRS, PRS, ASCAP, SESAC, etc. But this is not the case.

    To get your share of the Mechanical Royalties, you need to register with a separate collection society that specializes in Mechanical Royalties. In the US, this group is the Harry Fox Agency, but each country has its own group. If you anticipate collecting royalties internationally, then you must be registered with the groups in each country in which your music is available.

    The process usually becomes mind-numbing, and in some instances, very limiting.

  3. Will I earn royalties if I publish my music on a audio streaming platform?

    To publish your music on platforms like iTunes, Spotify, JioSaavn, Gaana, etc. you need to pay them a fees. But every time someone plays your music using the app, you earn royalty.

  4. How much can I earn from mechanical royalties for my music?

    The Royalty rates and guidelines differ from country to country. It also depends on the various deals that the artists make with the publishers.

    If a publisher releases a mix-tape or a compilation of 10 songs and they plan to produce a total of 1 lakh copies on CD, then they are entitled to pay a certain percentage per song on the album to each song’s author and composer. They can then divide it amongst the team.

If the payout is 10 Lakh rupees, the artist with 100% of the work credits receives 10 lakhs. Whereas, if the work is credited to 4 authors, then each one of them receives 2.5 Lakhs as the mechanical royalty, per song. The publishing house secures a mechanical license with every author and composer involved on the project to confirm the use, the shares, and the label’s payment responsibility.

Applying for royalties is usually a long and tedious process. With so much paper work involved, it is very time-consuming, too. As a music artist, it is natural that you’d want to focus on creating music. And not all the pesky paperwork. Which is why, it’s best to hire professionals for this.

Joshua Royalties was created with the sole purpose of helping music artists get hassle-free royalties for their work.

All you need to do is get in touch with us and we’ll do the rest. We register your work, amend the work already in the PRO databases, manage cue sheets, and keep track of royalties. With Joshua Royalties, you need not worry about PRS, IPRS, GEMA, SOCAN or ASCAP. Wish to know more about our services? Here’s what Joshua Royalties does.

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