Neighboring Rights FAQ

Does Symphonic own my recordings?

Absolutely not.

We will be representing your master rights to the neighboring rights collection societies in order to collect the royalties on your behalf. We assume no contractual ownership whatsoever of your master recordings.

My music sells great! Am I earning Neighboring Rights royalties?

Neighboring rights royalties are earned mostly when your master recordings are publicly performed and broadcast, not sold, though some societies use sales data in the calculation of certain incomes, particularly with regards to private copy remunerations.

Why does your service require approval?

Since we charge no fees for this service, and only retain a fair % of the ensuing royalties, we want to ensure that our efforts and time are worthwhile for both Symphonic and our clients. On a case by case basis, we may work with clients who don’t necessarily have radio airplay yet, but are starting to get “hot” and are showing signs of significant growth.

Where do you collect from?

We, along with our partner, P.R.O. Agency, collect from the following territories.

Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, UK, Ireland, France, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, Portugal, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Finland, Bulgaria, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Romania, Jamaica, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Canada, USA, Brazil, Croatia, Ukraine, Moldova, Japan, Israel, Greece, Estonia, Serbia, South Korea.

How do I know if I am earning Neighboring Rights royalties?

If you are a master rights owner, you are earning neighboring rights royalties if your master recordings are:

  • Being played on Pandora
  • Being played on BBC (any BBC radio station)
  • Being played on Sirius XM
  • Being played on cable TV music channels
  • Being played on terrestrial radio outside of the USA
  • Being played in businesses as background music (like restaurants, retailers, hotels, etc.)
  • Being played in clubs / live performance venues
  • Being played on any internet radio platform
  • Being played on any satellite radio platform
  • Being played on various new online medias


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