9 Things You Need To Know About Protecting And Getting Paid For Your Music | With APRA AMCOS

Do you know how to protect your music legally? Or do you know why you should sign with a Performance Rights Organisation (PRO), or do you know when, where and how your music can bring in money? Or what about how to protect yourself in the recording studio?

This week I spoke with Nikki Tuckwell from APRA AMCOS, the Performance Rights Organisation in Australia.

Nikki has an incredible amount of knowledge about your music, how to protect it and how to get paid for it. As independent artists, it's our job to look after and protect our music. Writing and recording can be very lucrative if you know how to make money from it. 

When you are releasing your music, there are things you need to know, from copyrighting your songs to protecting your music in the recording studio. 

We talk about how important it is to have contracts in place when you are writing and recording your music. Although it may not feel great to ask co-writers or producers to have a contract, it's certainly better to be a little uncomfortable up front rather than fight a court battle down the track.

In this episode, I asked a bunch of questions, and the answers were incredibly insightful!

In this episode, we cover: 

  • What a Performing Rights Organisation is (PRO).
  • How to copyright/protect your song you have written.
  • How to protect all writers when there is more than one writer. 
  • Who retains the rights to the music that has been recorded in the recording studio?
  • How are royalties paid to an artist when their songs are distributed through an aggregator such as Ditto or TuneCore?
  • The difference between a MASTER, SYNC, PERFORMANCE & MECHANICAL license.
  • Releasing a cover song through a distribution house.
  • How you become a member of your APRA
  • The best way to ensure your PRO has all of your information so you can get paid for your work.

The answers to these questions are so crucial to independent artists releasing their music. If you start signing your music rights away without fully comprehending the ramifications, you could lose tens of thousands of dollars or more, but worse, you could lose your work. 

There are multiple ways to create income streams in the music industry, yet most indie artists just don't know. Your music really is a tool to make money. Both my husband and I make our entire income from the music industry. Whether you're educating, releasing music, licensing music, writing or performing, these are all ways to create income streams in the music industry.

The APRA AMCOS home page: https://www.apraamcos.cm.au/

The songwriter membership form: https://www.apraamcos.com.au/music-creators/join-as-a-writer

The events page (including the Insights webinars): https://www.apraamcos.com.au/about/news-and-events?news%5Bmenu%5D%5Btype%5D=Events&news%5BsortBy%5D=events-asc

Let me know in the comments if you are signed with your PRO and which one you are signed with.

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