A few weeks ago I went live with Dae Bogan from The MLC to talk music royalties and beats. Shoutout to all the RME signups who joined us along with 100+ producers and music creators.
No worries if you missed it, I’ve put together the 4 top takeaways from our chat and you can also catch the full video down below.
1. Producers and beatmakers are ‘songwriters’ and are owed royalties when their beats and songs are played.
2. The MLC is where you go to get your US mechanical royalties from streaming services.
3. RME is where you go to get your royalties from social media and user-generated content sites.
4. There are other services like ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, GMR, HFA and SoundExchange that could also be sources of royalty revenue. You have to be registered with each service (and register your beats) to get everything you’re owed.
If you’re thinking “that’s a lot of hoops to jump through just to get paid” – you’re right. We agree it needs to change. By joining RME you’re helping us lead that change for the entire industry. If you want help getting your music registered with other collection services, let us know. We are always looking for ways to make getting your money easier, and your feedback helps us know what matters most.
Here’s the full video with timestamps so you can easily find the information you need.
3:20 – About the MLC
5:28 – About Pex + RME
8:00 – Music copyright basics
21:10 – Use of music in UGC
25:45 – Beatmaker relationship to the artist
34:05 – Contribution-based entitlements
41:50 – Digital music landscape
48:10 – UGC royalties
57:25 – Capturing royalties and enforcing your rights
1:04:05 – About collecting with RME
1:09:00 – Q&A
1:12:07 – Does RME track on TikTok?
Help us build momentum by joining the movement here: rme.com/findyourbeats.