Earnings Reports See all 16 articles

  • How and When Do I Get Paid?

    Earnings reports and payments are available to you as soon as DistroKid receives and processes earnings from streaming services and stores. Streaming services usually deliver these reports monthly, and they reflect sales from about 3 months ago. So a song you sold yesterday won't show up in your DistroKid bank until about 3 months from now.

    ALSO!! Not all streaming services report at the same time, or at the same frequency. Each store & streaming service delivers reports & payments on their own schedule. So, for example, you likely won't receive updated iTunes & Spotify numbers on the same day.

    The same thing goes for different distributors--if you have other music online via a distributor other than DistroKid, that distributor may reflect your Spotify (and so on) numbers before or after DistroKid does. We're usually first!  But not always. 

    To see detailed information about your streams & sales—such as country and currency—visit "Bank", then click "See Excruciating Detail."

    When you request a withdrawal from your bank, your money will be sent within 1-14 days of the request. 

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  • How Much Do Streaming Services Pay Per Stream?

    The short answer, it varies.

    The rates streaming services pay aren't up to us -- and we have no control over changing them. We just send along the exact amounts that services send to us. DistroKid passes on 100% of whatever earnings the services send us for your streams/sales, minus banking fees/applicable taxes. 💯

    You may need to Google around and/or check their FAQs for current rates. Keep in mind that rates may change or fluctuate over time, depending on the total number of streams by all artists, the territory of the streams, and a bunch of other factors.

    Spotify has a great video that explains how earnings are calculated on their end: How Spotify Pays You

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  • How Much of My Earnings Does DistroKid Keep?

    None! 

    DistroKid does not take any percentage off the top of what stores send us for your earnings. When stores send us earnings reports, we send 100% of the earnings allocated to you straight to your DistroKid bank. We feel strongly that you shouldn't give a percentage of your earnings for streams / sales to your distributor. You earned the money, not them.

    When you withdraw earnings, you may be subject to applicable taxes and/or fees from our payment processor.*

    The ONLY time we take a percentage, is if you opt into our optional "YouTube Content ID" service. That's the service where we find videos on YouTube that use your music-- and tell YouTube to monetize them (more info here). We keep 20% of the revenue from YouTube videos that we find, and send you the rest (80%). But you still keep the money you earn from streaming services and music stores like iTunes, Spotify etc. You always keep 100% of that, minus banking fees/applicable taxes.

     

    *Note: Our payment processor, Tipalti, may charge a fee depending on the withdrawal method. You can find out which methods charge which fees by checking out this article: Is There a Fee When I Withdraw My Earnings?

    Additionally, depending on your country of residency, you may be subject to tax withholding rates. Check out this article on Tipalti for more information: Withholding Rates. DistroKid can't provide any information about taxes, or anything related to taxes, tax forms, tax withholding, etc. We know that this stuff can be confusing, so if you do have any questions about anything tax-related, please contact a tax professional who will be able to provide advice and explanations to help you out.

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  • When Will the Next Earnings Reports Arrive?

    If you're not seeing the latest reports yet, don't worry! Rest assured that we're working to get them to you ASAP.  

    To see detailed information about the latest streams & sales, visit "Bank", then click "See Breakdown By Store," then "See Excruciating Detail."

    Streaming services usually deliver these reports monthly -- but please note that each store & streaming service delivers reports & payments on their own schedule. So, for example, you likely won't receive updated iTunes & Spotify numbers on the same day each month. Same thing goes for different distributors--if you have other music online via a distributor other than DistroKid, that distributor may reflect your Spotify (and so on) numbers before or after DistroKid does. We're usually first! But not always.

    For more information about how and when you get paid, please check out this article.

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  • Does DistroKid Have an Affiliate Program?

    Yes! 

    Thanks for asking.

    To spread DistroKid to your friends and make some dough doing it: 

      1. Sign into DistroKid
      2. Click on your profile picture in the top right 
      3. Click "Referral Program" 

    You'll get $10 per customer, and your friends will all get 7% off of their first-year's membership. 



     

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  • What Info Is Contained in DistroKid Earnings Reports?

    Click "Bank" to see your earnings reports for streams and sales. 

    First, you'll see the summary report. It shows how much you've earned from each store & streaming service. You can break that down by month. 

    Click "See Excruciating Detail" to see individual line-items that contain the following information:

    • Reporting Month
    • Sale Month
    • Store
    • Artist
    • Title
    • Quantity
    • Song/Album
    • Customer price
    • Country of sale
    • Your earnings


    Example: If your song "Feel The Beat" was streamed 500 times on Spotify in July by people in Japan, that would show up as a single line-item. 

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Withdrawing Your Earnings See all 8 articles

  • What is the password for my Form 1099 or Form 1042?

    Your password is 8 characters.

    Please enter the first 4 letters of the name listed after the word 'Dear...' at the beginning of this email, all lowercase, and the last 4 digits of the tax ID (either SSN/EIN or ITIN).

    EXAMPLES:

    1. If your name appears on the form as Mary May with an SSN of 711223456, then the password would be mary3456 (first 4 characters of your Full Name / Business Name + last 4 digits of your SSN/ITIN number).
    2. If your business name appears on the form as A & D with ITIN as 012847934, then the password would be ad7934 (first 2 characters without spaces and special characters of your organization name + last 4 digits of your ITIN/EIN number).
    3. If your business name appears on the form as Mary May PLLC with ITIN as 012847934, then the password would be mary7934 (first 4 characters of your organization name + last 4 digits of your ITIN/EIN number).
    4. If your name appears on the form as Al & D with ITIN as 517223355, then the password would be ald3355 (first 3 characters (ignore special characters and spaces) of your Full Name / Business Name since the Full Name / Business Name is shorter than 4 characters + last 4 digits of your SSN/ITIN number).
    5. If your name appears on the form as Mary May without an SSN/ITIN number, then the password would be mary (first 4 characters of your Full Name / Business Name).
    6. If your name appears on the form as Al & D without SSN/ITIN number, then the password would be ald (first 3 characters (ignore special characters and spaces) of your Full Name / Business Name since the Full Name / Business Name is shorter than 4 characters).

    DistroKid can't provide any information about taxes, or anything related to taxes, tax forms, tax withholding, etc. We know that this stuff can be confusing, so if you do have any questions about anything tax-related, please contact a tax professional who will be able to provide advice and explanations to help you out.

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  • Where Do I Enter My Payout Preferences So I Can Get Paid?

    When you're owed money, DistroKid will ask you for you payout preferences in the "bank" tab. Until you're owed money, you won't be asked for your payout preferences. 

    DistroKid supports a large number of payout options through our payment provider, including PayPal, ACH, wire transfer, eCheck, or even a paper check! To select your preferred method, click on your profile icon in the upper right, and then select "Payout Method".

    From there, you'll need to:

    1. Fill out all required contact information.
    2. Choose your payout method: Direct Deposit/ACH, Wire Transfer, Check or PayPal.
    3. Select and complete the required Tax Forms. If you have questions, click "Need Help? Start the tax form questionnaire"

    Note: We're unable to help with any tax questions/issues. Please see the IRS website for more info or consult a tax professional.

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  • How to claim tax treaty benefits (if applicable to you)

    DistroKid cannot give tax advice, so we must state that this is not tax advice. Please consult a tax professional if you have any questions about the information here.

    If your country of tax residency is not in the United States, up to 30% of your earnings may be subject to tax withholding. If there is a tax treaty between your country and the United States, and if you qualify for the benefits of that treaty, withholding may be reduced or eliminated.

    Depending on the rules and regulations in your country of tax residence, you may be able to credit some or all of the United States tax withheld (if any) against your taxes.

    A detailed list of applicable withholding rates per country can be found in the column labeled “Copyrights” here:
    https://support.tipalti.com/Content/Topics/UserGuide/Taxation/TaxWithholding/WithholdingRates.htm 

    If there is a tax treaty between your country and the United States, and you wish to claim the treaty benefit of a reduced withholding rate, instructions for doing so are outlined below for your convenience. 

    These instructions don’t constitute tax advice. Please consult with your tax advisor before completing a tax form.

    How to make a treaty claim on DistroKid's W8-BEN tax form

    1. Visit https://distrokid.com/tax, select your Country of Tax Residence from the dropdown menu, and click NEXT
    2. Provide your tax identifying number (this can be a US or Foreign tax identifying number or both)
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    3. If your country of tax residency has a treaty with the United States, you are presented the option to claim treaty benefits in the "Claim of Treaty Benefits (Part II)" section
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    4. After selecting your country of tax residency, you are able to complete the request to claim treaty benefits if you wish to do so

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    How to make a treaty claim on Tipalti's W8-BEN tax form

    1. Visit https://distrokid.com/payouts/ and confirm your DistroKid password
    2. Enter/confirm your contact information as they appear on your bank records, and click Next
    3. On Step 2, select your payment method (Direct Deposit/ACH, Wire Transfer, Check or PayPal. Note: Some payout methods may not be available to you based on your payment country). Click Next
    4. On Step 3, Select and complete the required Tax Forms. If you have questions, click "Need Help? Start the tax form questionnaire"
      Note: If you have previously completed the tax form, you’ll see when that was submitted. To submit a new tax form, follow the link on the Tax Form Review page.
    5. Select Your Tax Form (W-8BEN/W-8BEN-E) and click Complete Form
    6. Complete the required fields, and provide your tax identifying number
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    7. If your country of tax residency has a treaty with the United States, you are presented the option to claim treaty benefits in the "Claim of Treaty Benefits (Part II)" section, if you wish to do so
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  • Information about tax withholding for non-U.S. residents

    DistroKid cannot give tax advice, so we must state that this is not tax advice. Please consult a tax professional if you have any questions about the information here.

    If your country of tax residency is not in the United States, up to 30% of your earnings may be subject to tax withholding. If there is a tax treaty between your country and the United States, and if you qualify for the benefits of that treaty, withholding may be reduced or eliminated.

    Depending on the rules and regulations in your country of tax residence, you may be able to credit some or all of the United States tax withheld (if any) against your taxes.

    A detailed list of applicable withholding rates per country can be found in the column labeled “Copyrights” here:
    https://support.tipalti.com/Content/Topics/UserGuide/Taxation/TaxWithholding/WithholdingRates.htm 

     If there is a tax treaty between your country and the United States, and you wish to claim the treaty benefit of a reduced withholding rate, instructions for doing so are outlined here for your convenience:
    https://distrokid.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360044282254

    These instructions don’t constitute tax advice. Please consult with your tax advisor before completing a tax form.

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  • Is There a Fee When I Withdraw My Earnings?

    Yes, our payment provider charges DistroKid a small fee for sending money, which is automatically subtracted from your earnings when you withdraw. 

    • ACH (U.S. only) —  $1 per payment
    • eCheck (U.S.) —  $1.50 per payment
    • eCheck (non-U.S.) —  $5.00 per payment
    • Paper Check —  $3 per check
    • Wire Transfer (U.S.) — $15 per payment
    • Wire Transfer (International in local currency) — $20 per payment
    • Wire Transfer (International in USD) — $26 per payment
    • PayPal (Non-US resident): USD 1.00 + 2% Up to USD 21.00
    • PayPal (US resident): USD 1.00 + 2% Up to USD 2.00

    Note: FX fee of up to 3% may apply if payment currency is different than the country you select. Visit DistroKid.com/payouts > Step 2 for details.

    Some Important PayPal Info:

    The PayPal fee comes out to 2% of the transaction, with a maximum fee ceiling of $1 in the United States, or $20 USD if you're outside the U.S.

    Withdrawals over $10,000 (PayPal's maximum per transaction) may be split into multiple transactions. In the U.S., each individual payment can be no more than $10,000.00 USD. For accounts in other countries, the maximum individual payment varies according to the payments standard sending limit.

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  • Do I Need a PayPal Account to Get Paid?

    A PayPal account is not required. 

    DistroKid supports a large number of payout options through our payment provider, including PayPal, ACH, wire transfer, eCheck, or even a paper check! 

    To change your preferred payout method, click on your profile icon in the upper right, and then select "Payout Method". From there, you can specify how you want to receive your earnings.

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Splits See all 5 articles

  • Can I Pay My Collaborators Automatically?

    DistroKid can split earnings from any song or album, and automatically send those earnings to other DistroKid users. Add your collaborators, producers, bandmates, managers and more. We'll pay them directly, so you don't have to think about it. To get started, sign into DistroKid and click "Splits".

    Some other cool things about Splits:

    • You can change the splits any time.
    • You can add or remove collaborators any time.
    • You can go back in time and see any previous splits.
    • For privacy, collaborators can only see what percentage they get. They can’t see who your other collaborators are, or what percentage other folks are getting.
    • Your release won’t be delayed if your collaborator is slow to sign up. Instead, we’ll just hold the money for them until they join.
    • If your collaborator never joins, you can easily cancel their invitation and earnings set aside for them will come back to you.


    Note: Each collaborator will need to have a DistroKid account to collect their earnings. If they're not already using DistroKid, they'll get a 50% discount to sign up!

    Until they accept your invitation, your collaborator's assigned split of the earnings will be held in DistroKid's bank. Once they accept and create an account, the held earnings will be available in their own Bank within 24 hours.

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  • Recoupments, How Do They Work?

    With DistroKid's Splits feature (which allows collaborators to automatically split earnings on any release!), artists can set up Recoupments for any individual collaborator on a Split. 

    Example:

    Let’s say one of the collaborators, Hayden, paid $2000 for the beat, or music video, etc. Hayden can now be paid back first — before the normal splits kick in for everyone else. 

    Once the initial funds have been Recouped, the Splits will automatically go into effect for all other collaborators on the Split.

     

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  • I sent a Splits invite, but it was never accepted. Can I remove that email from my Split?

    Yes!

    To remove someone from a Split, go to 'Show Split History' on the release page, and then click 'Show Options' --> 'Remove' next to the email you want to delete.

    Once they're removed, any earnings that were held will appear in your Bank within 24-48 hours.

    (If you still want to split earnings with them, but they just need a nudge, then click 'resend invite' instead!)

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  • “Invalid” Splits Email?

    Check to see if there’s an extra space after the email. There probably is!

    Please fix and try again.

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  • I'm on a Split for a song. What percentage of the *album* earnings do I get?

    DistroKid makes it possible add collaborators to any track.

    When someone buys the entire album (as opposed to buying or streaming an individual track), we'll automatically calculate pro-rata revenue split. 

    Example: if an album has 2 tracks, and you're owed 50% of one track, then you'll receive 25% of a full album sale.

    The Split manager can see this by clicking "Edit Split" > "Review Changes", and scrolling to the bottom.

     

     

     

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