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Don't I Already Get These Royalties Paid to Me by TuneCore, CD Baby Distribution etc?

No. TuneCore, CD Baby and other similar distribution companies only pay you mechanical royalties for DOWNLOADS in ONLY the United States.

Outside the United States, DOWNLOAD mechanical royalties are earned but in most cases are not paid to you.

In almost every case, every time a song that you wrote is played anywhere in the world on Spotify, Napster, Beats, Mog, GooglePlay, Deezer, or any other “on-demand” service, that service owes and must pay you (not your distributor, not your label, YOU) a Mechanical Royalty.

For example, if you ever had a recording of your song downloaded in England or the European Union on iTunes, Amazon or any other download service, you earned money that is not being paid to you.

Mechanical Royalty Money for STREAMS in the US and the rest of the world must also be collected.

If you ever had a recording of your song streamed in the US, England or the EU on Spotify, Deezer, Napster or any other interactive streaming service, you earned money that is not being paid to you.

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How much am I owed in mechanical royalties when my music is streamed on Spotify, Napster, etc.?
How much does it cost?
What is Audiam's Digital Rights Service?
How do I get my money?
What Information is on the downloadable Net Royalty statements?
What is at the Interactive Detail Section?
What is at the Monthly Statements Section?
Where can I find my royalty statements and other information
Am I already getting this second separate Royalty?
Are there any problems if I am already registered with ASCAP, BMI, SESAC or a different performance rights organization?
Can I Hire Audiam to work for me if I only wrote a part of a song
Do I Need To Upload a Sound Recording if Someone Else Has Already done it?
Do I Need to Upload a Sound Recording of my song?
Do you collect money for me from Pandora?
Does Audiam Take Any of the Money I Earn from Downloads in the United States?
Don't I Already Get These Royalties Paid to Me by TuneCore, CD Baby Distribution etc?
How come there are not mechanical royalty payments from all the digital services each month?
How do I know if I'm eligible?
How Do I Sign Up?
How does Audiam Actually work?
How much am I owed in mechanical royalties when my music is streamed on Spotify, Napster, etc.?
I already have a publishing administrator (someone who collects songwriter royalties on my behalf). Can I sign up for Audiam's Digital Rights Service?
I wrote/co-wrote my own songs, but I don't have a publisher. Can I sign up for Audiam?
Is Audiam a Publishing Administrator?
Is there money sitting out there for me right now?
My compositions have been available in stores for years and I have never received a mechanical royalty payment. Am I owed back payments?
My music is self-released. Aren't I already getting my royalties from services like Spotify and Napster?
What Are These Royalties Called?
What Causes The Money To Get Generated?
What information do I need to sign up?
What royalties does Audiam collect?
Who are some of Audiam's clients that use the Digtial Rights Service?
Am I being charged any fees for receiving my Audiam payments?
Do I need to do anything to get paid?
Do I need to provide a Tax Form to get paid?
How come I see dates on my Monthly Statement that are from different months than the one I am being paid for?
How do I know I got paid?
How does rounding work?
How often am I paid?
I can't fill out my tax information?
I Received a payment from MINT for my YouTube royalties, who is that?
If I have been paid in the past do I need to provide a Tax Form?
If I haven't provided all the information needed to get paid before the next payment cycle, what happens?
If I see a YouTube Royalty Report, but there's nothing listed on my Payments page, does that mean I didn't get paid yet?
I'm based outside of the U.S. and Canada. How do I get paid?
Is there a minimum I need to earn before I get paid?
My contact, bank or tax information changed, what do I do?
Was any tax withheld from my payment?
What happens if I'm not paid this month?
What happens to my money if I have not completed the information to get paid?
What percentage does Audiam take?
What's the "cutoff" and when is it?
Where does the money come from?
Why do I need a Security Code to access my money and how is it different from my Audiam.com password?
Will my royalty payments be deposited in U.S. Dollars?
What happens after I've uploaded my sound recording (master) and/or composition information to Audiam?