Payment of remunerations
How do we pay out remunerations to music performers and producers?
Gramex remunerations are an important and statutory part of a professional’s livelihood. We pay out remunerations to musicians performing on phonograms and to producers four times a year.
Remunerations are paid for the public use of a phonogram, for instance, on the radio, in television, in a public event or at customer or work facilities. They are also paid when the recording is copied for non-private use. Remunerations are also paid out for international use of music. Different types or remunerations are paid out during different distribution periods. Note that remunerations are paid ‘after the fact’ – meaning that the music has been used earlier in the year or in the preceding year.
What does the distribution schedule mean?
Where can I find the amount of remuneration I will be receiving?
Our song played on the radio a month ago. When do we receive remunerations?
Division of remunerations
At Gramex, the division of remunerations is decided by its member organisations, i.e. performer and producer representatives. Rules of distribution determine the distribution and division of remunerations. At the moment, we use rules of distribution that were confirmed in 2019.
Remunerations accumulated for one phonogram are calculated, divided and paid out in accordance with Gramex’s rules of distribution.
The main rules are as follows:
- The producer is allocated 50% of the remunerations
- The band is allocated the other 50%.
- Within the band, the division is based on the phonogram report: remunerations are divided relative to each performer’s number of performances (recorded ‘tracks’) on the phonogram. The rule of division between vocalist, conductor and musicians is specified in the rules of distribution.
A successful distribution requires that the phonogram’s producer has submitted a phonogram report to Gramex. Performers can also go to MyGramex and check that all phonograms have been reported correctly on their client account.
What is the minimum payable distribution?
Can remunerations be paid to a collective, such as a musicians’ association or a choir?
Size of remunerations
The size of Gramex distributions are based on licence sales (remunerations) collected and received by Gramex. Distribution is typically based on phonogram-specific usage metric reports that customers using the music provide.
The size of remunerations vary contractually based on music user and type of use. For instance, remuneration for track plays in national radio is slightly different from plays in private local radio.
Please note that administration fees are deducted from the distributed amount, as well as any statutory deductions and deductions required by the by-laws of Gramex. The deductions are described in MyGramex.
My song is playing in a local bar. Am I entitled to remunerations?
What are administration fees or withholds?
My song is played on YouTube, Spotify and TikTok. Am I entitled to Gramex remunerations?
Ask more about distribution
Is something still unclear? See our frequently asked questions or send e-mail to our customer service at tilitys (at) gramex.fi.