PORTLAND, Ore., April 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Until now, it's been virtually impossible for independent songwriters to collect all the royalties owed to them on a global level. CD Baby aims to remedy this with a comprehensive royalty collection service called CD Baby Pro. CD Baby Pro is designed to give independent artists the same royalty collection resources that major label artists have benefited from for years, plus the benefit of worldwide music distribution.
"Whenever music is used in TV, radio, internet, live performance, video games, film, and more—royalties are owed to the songwriter," says CD Baby president Brian Felsen. "Signing up for a performing rights organization like ASCAP or BMI is not enough. Hundreds of organizations around the world collect royalties for songwriters. The challenge is actually claiming your money. You can't knock on all those doors yourself. That's why we created CD Baby Pro; we're doing all the door-knocking for you."
CD Baby has partnered with digital publishing service SongTrust to interface with performance rights organizations and collect royalties on the artist's behalf.
"Anytime you sell a download overseas, you're owed mechanical royalties that can only be collected from the local performance rights organization," said Felsen. "Any time your music is played on streaming sites like Spotify, you're owed publishing royalties in addition to the normal streaming fee you're paid by the retailer. Any time your music is placed in a TV show you're owed performance royalties beyond the fee you've already been paid for the sync license. With CD Baby Pro, we'll make sure you get paid every time."
CD Baby Pro includes 4 primary services
- Worldwide music distribution (iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and More)
- Songwriter affiliation/registration with ASCAP or BMI
- Song registration with ASCAP or BMI, as well as collection agencies from around the world.
- Global Royalty Collection on the artist's behalf.
CD Baby Pro is now available for all US-based artists. It costs just $99 per album and $39 per single. This one-time submission fee also includes the full arsenal of CD Baby's distribution services, including: sales on download and streaming sites like iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and more; physical distribution to over 15,000 brick-and-mortar record stores worldwide; CD Baby's Sync Licensing program; and all CD Baby's promotional tools, such as their MusicStore for Facebook app and their HTML MusicStore widget.
For existing CD Baby artists, CD Baby Pro is now available as an add-on. The upgrade to CD Baby Pro takes minutes to complete and costs $59 per album or $39 per single.
For more information, visit: http://members.cdbaby.com/Pro
CD Baby is the largest digital distributor of independent music in the world and offers a wide array of services for musicians, including royalty collection and sync licensing. CD Baby distributes over 4.5 million tracks to dozens of music retailers including iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and Spotify. From their Portland, OR headquarters, CD Baby warehouses and ships over 360,000 independent CD titles to a customer base that spans the entire globe. The company also offers web hosting through their sister company HostBaby, and eBook distribution through BookBaby.
Media Contact: Kevin Breuner CD Baby, 5039616771, [email protected]
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