Do you perform live? Here's a reminder of how we allocate concert royalties

Our distributions now reflect the difference between headliners and support acts.

People attending a concert

At the end of 2018, we let you know about our new policy for allocating concert royalties.

The aim was to recognise the difference between headliners and support acts. As concert goers usually make a choice on which concerts to go to based on headliners, the new policy allocates concert royalties using the following split:

  • 80% to music performed by the headline act
  • 20% to music performed by the support acts 

Within the two groups, we then determine the money paid for each song or track in a few ways depending on the data available. 

Known lengths of songs or tracks:

  • if we know the amount of time each was performed live, we base payment on this
  • if we don’t know the amount of time each was performed live, we use the lengths that have been registered on our database

Unknown lengths of songs or tracks: 

  • if we don’t know the amount of time each was performed live, and if the lengths haven’t been registered with us, each song or track that was performed in the concert is paid the same amount
  • if there’s a mixture of known and unknown lengths as above, all are given a default length of three minutes one second 

We started paying out royalties using this 80/20 split in October 2019 and will continue to take this approach in future distributions. 

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