register as a RECORDING artist

Once registered, our Direct-to-Recording Artist Scheme (previously known as The RAP Fund) provides an opportunity for Recording Artists to be paid directly for the broadcast and public performance of sound recordings where they are the featured artist or artists.

You are entitled to register if you’re the Recording Artist (i.e. not session musicians/contract musician or DJ) and the recording is made by a New Zealand citizen, resident or company.

Recording Artists and Master Rights Owners (e.g. a record label) of recordings registered with Recorded Music NZ get 50% each of the income payable. Recording Artists need to declare a “nominated claimant” for their share.

When do I need to register?

A Recording Artists’ repertoire or tracks, needs to be registered with us by 30th April each year to be included in the annual royalty distribution.

To register as a Recording Artist online click k here.

If you would prefer to complete a paper registration please download the Artist Registration Form

If a Recording Artist chooses not to register then all income received by Recorded Music NZ will be paid to the relevant Master Rights Holder – often the record label/Distributor. Any distribution from the Master Rights Holder to the Recording Artist would then be determined by the terms of individual contracts or agreements between the parties.

Independent Artists

If a person is both the Recording Artist and owns the master recording too – i.e. the Master Rights Holder, then, that person would receive 100% of the income payable. If you are not the Master Rights Holder of your sound recording(s) you will need to complete, sign and return the Recorded Music NZ Master Rights Agreement (currently called an Input Agreement).

As the owner of the Master once you complete, sign and return the input agreement you will also have the option to become a  shareholder in Recorded Music NZ  if you wish.

What happens next?

Once your Registration has been received your account will be created and a login issued. You can then maintain your account/recording details and manage any royalty distributions accordingly.

If you are an existing Registrant please login using your registered email address and password. If you have forgotten or wish to reset your password please enter your email address and click  reset password.