Stig, a composer and lyricist, Teosto member since 2007. Photo by Juha Törmälä.
It pays to become a Teosto member, if you compose music or write lyrics and your works are performed either live or on records. As a Teosto member, you are entitled to royalties when your music is publicly performed – including when performing it yourself.
When to become a member?
You can become a Teosto member if you have at least one composition, lyric, arrangement or translation that has been publicly performed or that has been mechanically reproduced as an audio or audiovisual record.
Once you become a Teosto member and notify us of the works you have authored:
- We will sell licences for these works to companies and associations using music.
- We will invoice for royalty payments for the use of your music.
- And we will distribute payments to you.
When your music is mechanically reproduced as records or AV products, we will grant mechanical reproduction licences and collect mechanical reproduction licence fees via NCB. Teosto will also distribute royalty payments to you, for the performance of your works abroad.
How to join Teosto?
If you have online banking codes and wish to convey all the rights categories and territories (more info) into Teosto administration, you can become a member directly online. In other cases, you can fill in a membership form online, after which we will send you a pre-filled member agreement by post (available also in English). The Teosto membership fee is EUR 124 (EUR 100 + VAT 24%). Make sure you also fill the web service agreement so you are able to make work notifications and we can distribute royalties to you when your music is played.
In the event you are a minor, you must order the agreement by post, since you need to enclose your guardian’s permission with the agreement.
Community of music authors
To date, as many as 30,000 music authors have selected Teosto as their partner. As a member, you will be part of the community of Finnish music authors, and will have a say in matters concerning your profession.