The cost of a sample license is split up in three parts:
- An license fee/advance fee*. This is what you pay to get a sample license: Category C costs 50 $/€/£ and is non-recoupable, B 500 $/€/£and A 2,500 $/€/£ - these are recoupable. You will get this fee back when your new recording has generated enough income.
Example: you pay $50 for a sample license, release your new song, start making money and share a % of this with Tracklib. Once you have shared $50 you will be credited this amount back. All details are explained in the sample license.
- Publishing rights royalties. Register your new song with a Publishing Rights Organization as explained in the sample license. When your song generates publishing income (from streaming, radio, live etc.) you will automatically receive your share, as will the original publisher(s) and songwriter(s). We’re of course here to help if you have any questions during song registration!
Example: A category C track 15 second sample = publishing royalties of 10 %.
- Recording rights royalties. This is managed by you or your label. You register the new recording and its performers with a Recording Rights Organization. When your song generates recording income (from streaming, vinyls, CDs etc.), you account and pay a percentage of royalty directly to us (or use a distributor like Distrokid that supports automatic revenue sharing). We in turn pay the original record label their share. Accounting and payment of these royalties are due semi-annually directly on the Tracklib site.
Example: A category C track 15 second sample = recording royalties of 10 %.
Unless you already have a label and/or publisher, we recommend using Songtrust for publishing administration and song registration, and Distrokid or Soundrop for distribution. Use the code “tracklib” when you sign up for Songtrust to get a 15% discount. If you distribute with Distrokid or Soundrop, revenue sharing is automatic. For Distrokid, sign up with this link for a discounted membership and just add “email@example.com” as a team member, with the % listed in the sample license, and you’re done. For Soundrop, you can read more about how it works here.
* The fee you pay to acquire a category B/A license is an advance payment which is recoverable from royalties you must pay on future revenue from your new recording (apart from synch and neighboring rights revenues).