Royalties & Monetization

High level summary for English indie hip-hop artists.

  1. (optional) Create your own ISRC codes with CONNECT.
  2. (optional) Get contracts in place for your songs
  3. Ensure your songs have been uploaded to Nielsen BDS.
  4. Royalties: Composition/Publisher + Performance: Sign up with SOCAN.
  5. Royalties: Composition/Publisher + Mechanicals: Sign up with SOCAN-RR (formerly SODRAC). CMRRA is another great option, but is aimed more toward publishers.
  6. Royalties: Master recording + Performance: Sign up with ACTRA RACS or MROC.
    • Note: You donít need to sign up with SoundExchange because the Canadian agencies collect from them. However, there is an 4.5% admin fee.
  7. Royalties: Master recording + Revenues: Sign up with CONNECT
  8. Royalties: Monetizing: YouTube, Facebook, Instagram
  9. (optional) Future: Royalties for producers. TBD.
  10. (optional) Read this article about percentages for beatmakers:
  11. (optional) If you expect to get commercial radio play: Register your title with MediaBase
  12. (optional) Register with SoundScan if you want to track sales for Billboard charting

Recipes (2020)

   Check out our recipes section.

The Essentials: Getting Your Album or Vinyl out (2006)

   * Releasing a CD: Essential Steps for Canadians.
         Nielsen Broadcast Data Services (BDS)
         Legal Deposit

   * CD Packaging Checklist    -    CD Packaging Logos (stored in a .zip file).

   * 'So You're Gonna Put Out An Album' by myself (Trizoy) at

   * 12" Vinyl Tips.

Distribution (2008)

   * Sample Distribution Contract from a FACTOR-Recognized Distributor (in pdf format - Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

   * Extra Distribution Information: (in pdf - Requires Acrobat Reader) OR (in MS Word).

   * Check out SOCAN's Guide to digital music platforms.

Websites - Grant Agencies (2005)

Websites - Other Useful Sites (2008)

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