Income sources for songwriters differ from other industries because songwriter incomes come from multiple royalty streams and advances. The major forms of songwriter income include performance royalties, mechanical royalties, sync fees, and advances.
Here is a very brief summery of how these types of payment would work for you as a songwriter.
Mechanical royalties stem from the sale of a song from a legal digital download or from the purchase of an album. Mechanical royalty rates are extremely dynamic because every five years the rates are changed through a Copyright Royalty Board consisting of three judges. The first established rate was 2 cents per album in 1909; today the rate is 9.1 cents per album and is generally split between co-writers and publishers.
Advances are a form of income that a songwriter receives from his or her publisher before royalty money has been collected and they are distributed on a weekly or monthly basis. For example, if a songwriter is paid $700 dollars a week that will come out to $33,600 a year. The $33,600 will be deducted from royalties that become due from any of the three royalty streams (performance royalties, mechanical royalties, and synch fees).
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