register as a RECORDING artist

Once registered, our Direct-to-Recording Artist Scheme 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 Holders (e.g. owners) 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. In the instance when the percentage split is not 50/50 between the Recording Artist and Master Rights Holder an amended distribution payment percentage form must be completed, signed and agreed on by both the Recording Artist and Master Rights Holder.

When do I need to register?

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

To register please download and complete the Recording Artist Registration Form.

N.B If you are not the Master Rights Holder to your recordings, the Artist Registration form will also require to be signed by your record label (Master Rights Holder). Additionally, if a third party (manager) is acting on your behalf as the nominated claimant this must also be signed by both the Recording Artist and Master Rights Holder.

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. 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.

What if you own your recordings?

If you are both the Recording Artist and own the sound recordings– i.e. the Master Rights Holder, then you would receive 100% of the income payable. If this is the case you will need to complete, sign and return the Recorded Music NZ Master Rights Agreement acceptance form.

As the owner of your sound recordings, once you complete, sign and return the Master Rights Agreement acceptance form you will also have the option to elect to become an independent shareholder in Recorded Music NZ.

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.