How are the royalties calculated?
The APRA AMCOS distribution for downloads is ‘transactional’, in that each song’s distribution payment is calculated as a percentage of the value of its sales amount. The majority of the royalty relates to the reproduction of the song and is distributed to members of AMCOS.
Due to the close correlation of downloads and ringtones sales data, Apple ringtone licence fees are distributed using the Apple Music sales data. Other ringtone providers’ licence fees are distributed on a ‘transactional’ basis, in that each song’s distribution payment is calculated as a percentage of the value of its sales amount.
What about songs that have not been matched with our system?
The royalty amounts for the unmatched songs are added back into royalty pool, to be apportioned across the matched songs that have successfully been allocated.
The royalty amounts for the unmatched songs are held in the AMCOS General Control Account. The funds are held for as long as is it takes to identify the copyright owner, at which point they are paid in the next distribution.
How often are royalties paid?
Distributions for digital downloads and ringtones are calculated and paid quarterly.
What about songs that cannot be identified or are the subject of a dispute?
View our information guide on Unidentified Songs and Disputes for more information.