Frequently Asked Questions
What services does Audiam license and receive royalties?
The following is a list of online services that Audiam has licensed and from which Audiam collects royalties on behalf of our clients. New companies are added regularly.
Amazon Ad Supported Tier
Amazon Music Unlimited
Anghami FZ LLC
Apple Fitness +
Apple Video & Lyrics
Bill Graham Archives, LLC
Choral Tracks LLC
Classical Archives, LLC
DMX Music, Inc
Genius Media Group, INC.
Melody VR Group PLC
Music Powered Games
Pacemaker Music AB
Sauce Industries/Gray V
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
SoundCloud Operations Inc.
Spotify USA Inc.
Sybersound Party Time Karaoke
We Are The Hits, Inc.
Yes! Fitness Music
YouTube LLC (Sound Recordings)
What type of content do I need in order to be represented by Audiam, including hiring Audiam to make claims on my behalf in YouTube's Content ID system?
In order for Audiam to represent you, you will need to have the following:
- ownership of sound recordings and/or the musical works embodied in those sound recordings;
- the ability to authorize Audiam, exclusively, to license digital service providers within the territory for which Audiam represents you and collect royalties from those providers for uses of the sound recordings or musical works you own; and
- audio files of your sound recordings that are sufficiently distinct so that it can act as a reference file when videos are scanned by YouTube’s Content ID programs in an attempt to identify videos containing the sound recordings or musical works you own.
The sound recordings or musical works you register with Audiam cannot be or contain:
- unlicensed samples, sound effects, sound bites, beats, or royalty-free music;
- audio made available for free from sources such as Garage Band, Ableton, Logic, Fruity Loops;
- content licensed non-exclusively from a third party;
- content released under Creative Commons or similar free/open licenses; or
- public domain sound recordings.
More information about YouTube’s requirements can be found at: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/2605065?hl=en
How much does it cost to have Audiam represent me?
Audiam charges an administration fee based on a percentage of royalties collected. We only make money when you do. Your rate is determined by the size and value of your copyrights.
As long as you notify Audiam, any video you upload to YouTube yourself (into your own “Channel,” as YouTube calls it) that uses your own music will get you 100% of your earnings. Audiam takes nothing. But we won’t know it’s yours unless you tell us.
What's an ISRC and do I need one?
The International Standard Recording Code (“ISRC”) is the international identification system for sound recordings. ISRCs are widely used in digital commerce by download sites and collecting societies.
When registering sound recordings with Audiam, it is not required that you include ISRCs, but it is HIGHLY recommended, as it will make Audiam’s registration process much faster and efficient.
If you have an agreement with a company that distributes your sound recordings, it may have already provided you with an ISRC. You should be able to obtain them by logging into your distribution account or by contacting your distribution representative.
For more information and to purchase an ISRC, you can go to the https://www.usirc.com. This is the site set up by the RIAA in order to administer ISRCs in the United States. If you are outside the United States, you can locate an ISRC agency at https://isrc.ifpi.org/en/contact/national-agency-contacts.