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Help Center

Find quick answers to frequently asked questions about Songtrust, troubleshooting tips about your account, and more in our help center.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes, because we collect a different kind of royalty*. Labels and distributors deal with recordings; publishing administrators keep their eyes locked on compositions.

  • Songtrust collects from a wide range of revenue sources that follow their own timeline. Once you sign up and have accrued royalties that are ready for collection, it will take an average of 9-12 months to be fully registered globally and receive your first royalty payment. Once we start receiving royalties, you’ll receive earnings at the end of each quarter so long as you hit our $25 minimum.

    Please note: Some societies prioritize their payouts based on total earnings. Make sure you have everything you need to start collecting by downloading our Music Royalties Checklist.

  • We charge a one-time fee of $100 per writer to cover song monitoring and admin costs and take a 15% commission on any royalties collected on your behalf.

  • Yes! You can create a Songtrust account whether you’re an independent songwriter, publisher, label, manager, or lawyer because you’re managing a writer(s)’ publishing rights. Account managers can track and filter earnings for each of their songwriters using our user-friendly dashboard.


“As a self-released artist, some royalties out there are wildly difficult to collect. Songtrust collect(s) those royalties that would’ve never found their way to me. It’s also allowed me to continue to write with artists all over the world and know that Songtrust will chase the funds that come from that work.”

Oliva Reid

Independent Artist, Producer, & Podcast Host of Song start by Spotify