How to Get All the Royalties You Never Knew Existed

Learn to navigate the complex world of royalty collection and make sure you're getting all the revenue you deserve.

2 Hours
5 Sections

The music industry is constantly evolving, and the ways we monetize our music have changed with it. Historically, we tend to think of making money from record and merchandise sales, but there's a much wider world of possibilities for your music to generate income if you understand how. 

Join DIY music business guru Ari Herstand as he walks you through the ins-and-outs of collecting the many hidden royalties out there. This free micro-course is a drawn in large part from Ari's book How to Make It in the New Music Business full of tips and tools on how to master a career in today's music world. 

Start finding royalties and collect what’s rightfully yours. By the end of this course, you’ll know how to identify potential revenue streams for your music and collect your songwriter and artist royalties. Don’t be a starving artist — learn how to make your music work for you.

Ari Herstand

DIY Music Business Guru

Most musicians now know Ari Herstand (pronounced Ar*ee Her*stand) as the guy who has helped them fly with their instruments, book national tours, get songs placed on TV and make more money with their music career - without the help of a label. Herstand’s music business advice blog, Ari’s Take has become the go-to resource for DIY musicians worldwide.

He released the preeminent book on the new music industry, entitled "How to Make It in the New Music Business" (Norton/Liveright Publishing), on December 20th, 2016. It was the #1 best-selling New Release in the Music Business, Performing Arts Industry, and Entertainment Industry categories on Amazon.

Ari Herstand is a DIY musician who has played over 600 shows around the country, has opened for or toured with Ben Folds, Cake, Matt Nathanson, The Milk Carton Kids and Ron Pope, has performed on Ellen, and has had his music featured in countless TV shows, commercials and films. He currently fronts the funk band Brassroots District and is a member of the acoustic trio Young Canyon.

Herstand is a staff writer for Digital Music News and has also written for many of the top musician trade magazines and websites including Music Connection Magazine, American Songwriter, Playback Magazine, CD Baby, Tunecore, Reverbnation, Roland, Discmakers, ASCAP, Hypebot and others. He has been a featured speaker at SF MusicTech, SXSW, ASCAP Music Expo, CD Baby's DIY Musician Conference and in music business classrooms worldwide.

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Course Outline

  1. Section 1


  2. Section 2

    Songwriter Royalties

  3. Section 3

    Artist Royalties

  4. Section 4

    Wrap Up

  5. Section 5

    The Glossary


Who is this course for?

This course is for DIY musicians, whether performers or songwriters, who want to make sure that they're getting paid correctly for their music. It's for anyone who has wondered which Performing Rights Organization (PRO) or digital distribution partner to use, or found their music on some random YouTube video and wanted to know how to cash in on it.

Are there any requirements?

You'll get the most out of this free course if you are already writing, playing, and publishing music.

How long will it take?

This course takes about 2 hours to get through. Getting registered with the appropriate agencies in order to receive all your royalties can take a few weeks.

What will I get out of it?

A career in music can be difficult. Why make it harder than it needs to be? By learning how to collect your royalties, we hope we can support you in building a sustainable music career in whatever way that means for you.

Where does all this info come from?

I'm so glad you asked! This course is a little snippet from Ari's book How to Make It in the New Music Business, which has tons more tips for DIY musicians like yourself. Grab it today at Amazon!