How long does it take to see the money in your account after the project has been successful?

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How long does it take to see the money in your account after the project has been successful?

Post by jeh » Mon Jul 24, 2017 5:26 pm

Let's suppose a project has been an instant hit. How long would it usually take to see the results?

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Post by hummingbird » Mon Jul 24, 2017 5:41 pm

You'd have to be far more specific in terms of defining "project".

Back end royalties take 6 to 9 months or so to show up (at least).
Mechanical licences would be paid to you when the CD is pressed (since it's pennies/copy)
Digital downloads would depend on the service or the agreement.
Sync fees would be according to your agreement (some publishers pay out quarterly or every six months)
If you're recording your own CD and selling it.. as soon as money changes hands after a concert or when you hit the threshold for payouts if you're using an online distributor.

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Post by jeh » Mon Jul 24, 2017 5:45 pm

like, when you get to see your song on TV, radio and it;s an instant hit?

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Post by markhimley » Mon Jul 24, 2017 6:21 pm

jeh wrote:like, when you get to see your song on TV, radio and it;s an instant hit?
I'm not sure about radio - but a tv placement would fall into the backend royalties that Vikki mentioned. So let's say you got a placement in a show today, you can probably expect the money in 2-3 quarters (6-9 months), but it very well could take longer than that. There are a lot of variables

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Post by funsongs » Mon Jul 24, 2017 6:42 pm

markhimley wrote:
jeh wrote:like, when you get to see your song on TV, radio and it;s an instant hit?
I'm not sure about radio - but a tv placement would fall into the backend royalties that Vikki mentioned. So let's say you got a placement in a show today, you can probably expect the money in 2-3 quarters (6-9 months), but it very well could take longer than that. There are a lot of variables
Wow, Mark... really? They pay you in quarters?! Not even the folding stuff? Yikes...
Well - that might come in handy when confronted with an empty & hungry downtown parking meter. :? :shock: :)
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Post by markhimley » Tue Jul 25, 2017 2:48 pm

funsongs wrote:Wow, Mark... really? They pay you in quarters?! Not even the folding stuff? Yikes...
Well - that might come in handy when confronted with an empty & hungry downtown parking meter. :? :shock: :)
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Post by davekropf » Tue Jul 25, 2017 7:02 pm

To add on to what's been covered here, it also depends on the PRO. ASCAP pays out after 9 months (assuming cue sheets are accurate), whereas SESAC is about 6 months.

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