If you are a music author and a Teosto member we will pay you performing rights royalties when your music is performed on radio or television or at a concert or other event. We also pay you royalties when your music is played as background music in a restaurant, store, etc. If your music has been mechanically reproduced as an audio or AV recording, you will be provided with a mechanical reproduction royalty payment.
Moreover, you will be provided with compensation for the lending of recordings and sheet music publications at public libraries and with compensation for private copying.
Teosto brings authors and users of music together
We act as a link between two customer groups, music authors and communities that use music. We collect royalties from the companies and organisations using your music and distribute these royalties to you.
Factors such as the music performance venue, duration of performance and the royalty paid by the user of the music, have an impact on the amount of the distribution.
How are royalties allocated to the right recipients?
We distribute performing rights royalties collected from Finland to our members on the basis of the music-related performance information received by us:
- Radio and television broadcasters electronically report their music use to Teosto, on a work-specific basis.
- Performance notifications concerning live music are submitted by the performer or event organiser.
- Compensation for background music is based on a music use survey, commissioned by Teosto on a regular basis, surveying which radio or television channels or other music sources are used by companies that play background music to their customers.
We also pay distribution to our members when their music is performed abroad. In these cases performing rights royalties are collected by the copyright organisation in the country in question, which then sends these royalties to Teosto and we distribute the royalties to our members. If you have gigs, concerts or other performances abroad please remember to make performance notifications on Teosto's web service. Also let us know if you know that your music will be played on tv or radio abroad so we can make sure you receive royalties when your music is used.
Review your distribution information!
Music authors and publishers obtain distributions four times per year. Once you receive a distribution, you can view the work-specific itemisation in our online service. If some performances or recording are missing from the distribution, you can file a complaint and request that the distribution be adjusted or corrected.