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FAQ – Mechanical Royalties

Mechanical License schedule

The rates shown are gross rates, net rates after paying administrative fees and expenses may be lower.

Digital Downloads, CDs and Vinyl records (not streaming)

  • $0.124 for songs ≤ 5 minutes long
  • 2.39 cents per minute of playing time or fraction > 5 minutes long
  • See the 2023 CRB Phonographs Rate info here

  • Subscription Based Streaming Services (there are many)
    • Royalty Rates are set by each service
    • Spotify pays less than 0.5 cent per stream! (yes, <1/2 of a cent!)
    • Streaming Hits Bonuses (BMI) are paid to top streaming artists
    • See the list here of current rates
  • Napster $0.019 per stream
  • Tidal $0.01284 per stream
  • Apple Music $0.00783 per stream
  • Deezer $0.0064 per stream
  • Spotify $0.00437 per stream
  • Amazon $0.00402 per stream
  • Pandora $0.00133 per stream
  • YouTube $0.0.00069 per view
  • Webcaster Streaming Services (non-subscription streaming)
    • Royalty rate is set by the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB)
    • See the 2023 Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) Webcasters Rate info here.
    • Commercial webcasters is $0.0031 per subscription performance
    • Commercial webcasters is $0.20025 per non-subscription performance.
    • Rights owners receive 50% of the net streaming royalties
    • Featured Artists receive 45% of the net streaming royalties
    • Non-Featured Artists receive 5% of the net streaming royalties

* Rates adjusted to reflect the increases or decreases, if any, in the general price level, as measured by the Consumer Price Index applicable to that rate year, as set forth in the regulations adopted by the Judges’ determination.

Disclaimer: The information presented here is without warranty and provided as guidance.  Mechanical Royalties vary constantly and by country.  This is complicated, consult a publishing professional and attorney before producing and publishing any music.

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