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In the world of music, understanding the nuances of royalties is crucial for artists. An often overlooked aspect is submitting live performance reports to Performing Rights Organisations (PROs). For artists under the Dark Escapes label, it’s essential to recognise why these reports are not just paperwork but a vital step in earning what you rightfully deserve for your live performances.

Understanding Royalties from Live Performances

Firstly, let’s demystify what live performance royalties are. These are earnings that you, as an artist, are entitled to whenever your music is played live. This could be at concerts, club gigs, or even a local festival. The key is that these performances generate income, not just at the ticket booth but also in terms of royalties.

The Role of Live Performance Reports

Here’s where live performance reports come into play. By submitting these reports to your PRO (such as APRA, BMI, IMRO or COMPASS, you provide essential data about your performances. This includes details like the venue, date, setlist, and duration. These reports enable PROs to accurately track and allocate royalties generated from these live events to you.

Why Are These Reports Crucial?

Without these reports, there’s a significant chance of missing out on royalties. These organisations don’t automatically know when and where your music is played live. By submitting these reports, you’re essentially claiming your stake and ensuring you receive what you’re owed.

For Dark Escapes Artists

As of 2024, Dark Escapes will no longer be able to submit these reports for our artists; it’s time to empower yourself. This approach not only ensures that you’re directly involved in the royalty process but also gives you a clearer picture of your earnings and rights.

Navigating this process can seem daunting, but there are resources to help you. Most PROs have detailed guides on their websites about how to submit live performance reports. Additionally, there are various workshops, online forums, and even apps designed to simplify this process. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your PRO for assistance or seek advice from fellow artists who have experience in this area. You can check the links below for more information based on your PRO:


IMRO Members Handbook

Compass Member Portal Guide

BMI Live

As an artist, your music is your voice, and it deserves to be heard and compensated appropriately. Submitting live performance reports is a straightforward yet crucial step in ensuring you receive all the royalties you’re entitled to. Embrace this responsibility, and let it be a part of your journey to making your mark in the music world. Remember, these reports are not just about money; they’re about recognition and respect for your art.

Start today. Check out your PRO’s website, familiarise yourself with the process, and take charge of your royalties. Your music, your rights.