Neighboring Rights FAQs

Does Symphonic own my recordings?

Absolutely not.

We will be representing your master rights to the neighboring rights collection societies 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 collection takes place in non-US territories, so if your catalog has activity in those territories, you could have revenue waiting for you.

The 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?

We charge no fees for this service and only retain a fair percentage of the ensuing royalties.

If you don’t have much activity in non-US markets, skipping Neighboring Rights and delivering only to SoundExchange for digital performance revenue might make sense for you.

Where do you collect from?

We work with SoundExchange for Neighboring Rights, and their territories can be found here.

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 the radio (terrestrial radio outside of the US, e.g., BBC)
  • Being played on web radio 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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