How much can I expect to earn from royalties?
The amount of royalties you make will depend on various factors. It's not currently possible for CD Baby Pro Publishing to estimate royalty amounts before the fact.
Royalty amounts depend on factors such as:
- Use of your music in broadcast (e.g. radio, TV)
- Use of your music from streaming (e.g. Spotify)
- Sales of your music overseas (e.g. iTunes)
- Territories in which your music is used
When should I expect my first royalty payments?
If you're affiliating with a Performance Rights Organization for the first time, the earliest you could possibly see royalties is 6 - 9 months after affiliation. Those already affiliated with a Performance Rights Organization at the time of joining CD Baby Pro Publishing should not see any interruption to their existing royalty collection.
How often do you pay my royalties?
CD Baby distributes royalties quarterly. We pay as quickly as possible after receiving distributions from all collection societies. Generally, US societies are 2 quarters behind (e.g. 4th quarter 2013 payments will include uses from the 2nd quarter of 2013). Societies outside the US vary from 2 - 4 quarters behind.
These royalty payments are dependent on the use of your song in a particular quarter. There are no guarantees that by joining CD Baby Pro Publishing Administration, you will receive publishing royalties.
From CD Baby Pro Publishing Administration, you receive payment of the publisher’s share of your royalties. The songwriter’s share will be sent directly to you from your Performance Rights Organization.
How far back can you collect?
CD Baby collects royalties going forward from the time of joining. In certain instances, a songwriter may have retroactive royalties to collect. These almost never go back further than one to three years and we make no guarantees about our ability to collect retroactively.
How soon after my song is broadcast (e.g. on the radio) will I get paid?
With all Performance Rights Organizations, there is a lag between the date of the use and the royalty payment. The lag in the US is normally between 6 - 9 months.
*The CD Baby Pro Publishing service was discontinued as of August 8th, 2023. Any paid release which was signed up for CD Baby Pro Publishing prior to August 8th, 2023 is considered a legacy Pro release and will continue to receive Pro Publishing services. CD Baby now offers a new expanded suite of revenue amplifiers called “CDB Boost” instead.