It is very important for background vocalists (and artists who provide background vocals on the side) to understand that they earn money BEYOND the studio session in which they performed. Billboard published an article on how a back-up singer on Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again” featuring Charlie Puth put up 100% of his U.S. digital performer royalties for auction on Royalty Exchange with bids starting at $30,000. These royalties are collected by SoundExchange and administered by AFM & SAG-AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund.
This is a great example of how a background vocalist can leverage his/her equity in a hit song to get paid big bucks, today! This also applies to session musicians.
Royalty Claim has thousands of records of unclaimed royalties due to non-featured performers (session musicians, background vocalists, etc.) from recordings performed on digital radio (e.g. Pandora, Music Choice, iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, and more). Royalty Claim also provides data on ‘address unknown’ NOIs filed under the Section 115 compulsory mechanical license for services such as Amazon, Spotify, Apple, Google, and many others.
Read more about the auctioning your future royalties in the Billboard story here.
Learn more about Royalty Claim at http://www.royaltyclaim.com. Royalty Claim will pre-launch on August 10th. This is for anyone who pre-registered at www.royaltyclaim.com/comingsoon. Those who’ve pre-registered will be able to secure a life-time subscription to Royalty Claim for only $150. Royalty Claim official launch will be September 1st. At that point, anyone can join for free or choose any of the premium plans.
You are invited to attend:
TuneRegistry presents Music Business for Producers & Engineers
Join us as we peel back the veil on the world of music business as it relates specifically to music producers and sound engineers. We will explore the unique issues, challenges, and business dealings of P&E from a panel of award-winning music creators and music business experts.
When: Wednesday, November 9th
Time: 7pm to 9pm (7pm – Welcome; 7:05pm to 8:15pm – Panel; 8:15pm to 8:30pm – TuneRegistry Demo; 8:30pm – 8:50pm Mingle)
Location: SAE Institute Los Angeles, 6700 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA , 90038
– Bruce Waynne (Producer, The MIDI Mafia) – GRAMMY Award Winner, ASCAP Award Winner
– Tat Tong (Producer/Songwriter, The Swaggernautz) – 200 original music placements, 17 platinum records, over 40 Top 20 hits, and 14 Number 1 hits around the world.
– Jovany Javier (Singer/Songwriter, The Swaggernautz) – American Idol Sesaon 10 Top 12 Male Finalist, Multiple Major Song Placements
– Yonni (Producer/Songwirter) – 2x GRAMMY Nominated
– Dennis Dreith (Executive Director, AFM & SAG-AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund)
– Moderator: Dae Bogan (Co-founder & CEO, TuneRegistry)
The panel will discuss a number of music business topics from the perspective of producers and engineers including: What rights do producers and engineers have? How do P&E protect and enforce their rights? How does P&E make money? What backend royalties can P&E receive? Key terms of various P&E contracts. Music for media (film, television shows, commercials, video games, etc.). Global perspective (rights, money, and piracy). Working with artists; etiquette and standing your ground.
The panel will be followed by a live demo of the TuneRegistry platform and networking.
Session Musicians: Quality music starts with talented musicians. Your mastery of instruments, performance, and sometimes improvisation can make the difference between a recording that’s just Ok and a recording that’s a masterpiece, so your skills should not go unrewarded.
Did you know that session musicians and background vocalists may be entitled to royalties when the recordings on which they’ve performed are played on digital services such as Pandora, SiriusXM, Music Choice, and thousands of Internet webcasters?