These include parties who wish to use copyrighted works publicly in locations such as shopping and dining venues.
In short, PRO’s collect and distribute the royalties your music earns on TV, radio and live performance. This is over and above the income you generate from upfront sales.
Who pays royalties?
Many music buyers are put off by PRO registered music, because they think that they pay royalties to the composer.
This is incorrect, it’s the TV/radio networks that pay, or the venue playing your tracks must have a PRO license.
Do I have to register with a ‘PRO’?
If you’re serious about making money in the production music industry, then yes. If you don’t, you’re potentially losing out on a secondary income stream. One of your tracks is picked up by a major TV network, additional earnings can be significant.
Exclusive libraries will also require you to be PRO registered, as they will also take their share of generated royalties.
Not so long ago, many of the ‘royalty free’ libraries prohibited the submission of PRO registered music. That has changed significantly over the last couple of years, with all the major players relaxing their rules. Which pretty much negates the phrase ‘royalty free’.