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FAQs: Becoming a SESAC affiliate | Current Affiliates | Payments


 

Payments

Q: When will I get paid?
Domestic Royalty Payments: Royalty payments for domestic performances will be remitted in approximately ninety days following the end of the calendar quarter in which a performance occurs, provided that all registration requirements necessary to make a proper royalty distribution have been received.

For example,

Performances occuring between January 1 - March 31 are distributed around (Qtr 1) June 30
April 1- June 30 / (Qtr 2) September 30
July 1 - September 30 / (Qtr 3) December 31
October 1 - December 31 / (Qtr 4) March 31 (next year)

Foreign Royalty Payments:
Distributions of royalties received from foreign performance rights societies for performances occurring in their respective territories will be remitted no later than 180 days after the close of the calendar quarter in which those royalties are received.  

For example,
Royalties received from foreign societies between January 1- March 31are distributed on or around September 30
April 1 – June 30 / December 31
July 1 – September 30 / March 31 (next year)
October 1 – December 31 /October 1 – December 31

Q: Can I have my royalty earnings paid by direct deposit?
A: Direct deposit of royalties is available to all affiliates by completing direct deposit authorization form, which can be found at www.sesac.com/writerpublisher/writerpublisher_login.asp.

Q: An internet only radio station is airing my songs.  Will I get paid for this?
SESAC currently receives electronic performance logs from BDS for some of the major internet radio and music streaming websites such and AOL Radio and Yahoo Launchcast.  For other sources we receive logs and playlists from selected websites and streaming services for the tracking and payment of internet radio performances.

Q: How are television jingles paid?
SESAC receives electronic commercial airing reports provided by a company called Competitrack for the tracking and payment of television jingles.

Q: How do I get paid for my satellite radio performances?
SESAC receives electronic performance logs provided directly from XM and Sirius for the tracking and payment of satellite radio performances.

Q: How do I get paid for live performances?
SESAC utilizes live performance notifications which include set lists and tour itineraries as submitted by our affiliates in the online Affiliate Services. Login now

Q: Will SESAC collect money for my CD sales?
SESAC does not collect money from the sales of CDs.  This money is collected by the publisher directly from the record label.

Q: I heard my song on the radio. Why didn’t I get any royalties?
There can be several reasons why an affiliate did not get paid for a performance they heard on the radio.  The most common reasons include:

  • The song is not properly registered
  •  The affiliate account address on record with SESAC is invalid.
  •  The affiliate account balance is below $50.00.  If the foreign or domestic royalty earnings total less than $50.00 in any quarter, SESAC will hold those amounts until subsequent royalty earnings for that affiliate account accrue to greater than $50.00 in either category.  No paper royalty statements will be mailed for any account until the accumulated royalties are greater than $50.00.  However, your statements are still accessible electronically online at www.sesac.com.
  •  You have directed another affiliate to receive your royalty payments.  In this case, all statements and payments are directed to the collecting affiliate and you may check your royalty statements online at www.sesac.com.
  •  Your song received airplay on a station not monitored by BDS.

Q: Why are my foreign writer and foreign publisher checks not the same amount?
There can be several reasons why an affiliate’s domestic and foreign checks do not match for any given quarter:

  • The SESAC publisher may have a foreign sub-publisher in the applicable territory which collects the publishing money on their behalf.
  • Some foreign societies will direct the entire payment for a song to the writer side only.

Q: I got my writer’s check but not my publisher check for foreign royalties. Why?
Depending on the foreign society, it can take anywhere from 12 to 24 months for SESAC to receive, process and remit the royalties to the affiliate. There can also be several reasons why an affiliate received a writer check and not a publisher check (or vice versa).  The most common reasons include:

  • One of the affiliate addresses on record with SESAC is invalid.
  • One of the affiliate account balances is below $50.00.  If the foreign or domestic royalty earnings total less than $50.00 in any quarter, SESAC will hold those amounts until subsequent royalty earnings for that affiliate account accrue to greater than $50.00 in either category.  No paper royalty statements will be mailed for any account until the accumulated royalties are greater than $50.00.  However, your statements are still accessible electronically online at www.sesac.com.
  • You have directed another affiliate to receive your royalty payments for one of the accounts.  In this case, all statements and payments are directed to the collecting affiliate and you may check your royalty statements online at www.sesac.com.
  • One of the affiliate accounts has an unrecouped advance balance.

Q: I have a song in a movie.  Will I be paid when it’s played at a theater?
Not in the United States.  Songwriters do not receive performance income for works used in a movie performed in a theater in the US.  However, songwriters will be paid if the movie is televised.  Songwriters also get paid for theatrical performances overseas.