I’ll take a stab at this from my experience and/or approach.[quote=“KabbalisticVillage, post:1, topic:79335”]
What are the first steps? I know I need to pick a PRO and register my tracks with them…Do we use our real names or producing names?
I use my real name as the Composer and I use Midnight Snap Music for the Publisher (the idea being I may want to publish someone else’s work in the future if the opportunity should present itself). I believe there is a way to use an alias or producer name for either. I see that one of our highest selling Audio Jungle authors is registered by his “logo” name. [quote=“KabbalisticVillage, post:1, topic:79335”]
Is there a difference between Composer and Publisher?
Yes. You should really study this from the PRO you are registering with. It can be confusing at first. There is potentially separate Royalties from being a Composer and Publisher. If you are the only composer you have a right to 100% of the Composer Royalties of a particular registered track. If you are also registered as a sole publisher of the track, you have a right to 100% of the Publisher Royalties. However, there are probably different ways that other publishers can get involved with your composed works that may open the door for them to have a percentage cut of the Publisher Royalties for a specific performance/broadcast use of the track. Others here may have more experience to highlight what those scenarios are. Note that you don’t have to register as a Publisher. [quote=“KabbalisticVillage, post:1, topic:79335”]
Does every track I ever make from now on have to be registered with the PRO…even stuff I don’t sell on AudioJungle?
No, you don’t have to register everything. You can register the tracks of your choice with the PRO. Note that you must show your PRO affiliation on every track you upload to AJ - that doesn’t mean you have to register it. [quote=“KabbalisticVillage, post:1, topic:79335”]
Also do I register first and then switch my status on AudioJungle or do I first switch status on AudioJungle and then register?
I think you should first signup with a PRO before switching your status. This way you will have figured out what PRO, whether composer only or also as a publisher, and what name to use etc. This is information you will need to have when you upload a new track. [quote=“KabbalisticVillage, post:1, topic:79335”]
What are some cons of going PRO?
- Depending on the PRO, there are fees to signing up.
- More administrative work to register your tracks with the PRO
Perhaps others can chime in on this, but that’s all I can think of
- Big plus for additional potential Royalties for Broadcast uses of the track
Lastly, I initially had a concern about how listing my PRO affiliation might impact sales. Based on my experience here, it has not impacted my sales at all. I have enjoyed a steady (albeit modest) climb in sales since showing my PRO affiliation. Perhaps others can comment about their experience with this as well.
I hope this helps. Happy Holidays!