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 can earn neighboring rights royalties for example from:

  • Being played on radio (terrestrial radio outside of the US, e.g. BBC)
  • Being played on webradio services (e.g. Sirius XM)
  • Being played on TV
  • Public performance (e.g. being played in public places and businesses)
  • Private copying levy (royalty to account for recorded music being copied domestically, paid on blank media bought for personal use)
  • Being played on new online media (e.g. webcasts, simulcasting)
  • The actual sources of income may differ from country to country.


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