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We’re happy to answer any questions you may have, but by reading through our Frequently Asked Questions you may find the answers you were looking for. Please read through the questions and answers below before contacting us as you may find it saves you some time.

About Horus Music

Who is Horus Music?

Horus Music Limited is a global digital distribution and label services company.

You can read more about our journey and ethos here

Why should I trust Horus Music?

You can read more about that here

What distribution packages do you offer?

We offer distribution packages suited to the needs of independent artists and record labels.

Our primary audio distribution package is the Unlimited Distribution subscription service.

We also offer Pay-Per-Release options for those that wish to pay a one-time fee for singles, EPs and Albums – Contact Us today if you would like to be set up on this model.

Our Video Distribution packages are pay-per-release.

If you’re looking for a more support from Horus Music, we also offer an Artist and Label Services model.

I want to start my own distribution service; do you have any tools to help?

Yes – check out our Whitelabel Distribution service.

Horus Music’s whitelabel solutions enable you to create and monetise your own music and video distribution platform within as little as 72 hours.

Do you offer a music publishing and sync licensing service?

Yes – check out our Horus Music Publishing service.

We also have a sister company Anara Publishing, who are currently accepting submissions for their boutique music publishing and sync licensing roster.

What is the My Client Zone?

The My Client Zone is our custom-built system, which hosts applications for music distribution, music publishing and client account management.

If you want to set up your own services using our technology, then check out our Whitelabel Distribution service.

What is the My Music Distribution Zone [MMDZ]?

My Music Distribution Zone is the application within My Client Zone that artists and record labels use to upload releases for distribution, manage catalogue, add royalty payment details, view and download sales/accounting analytics, and pay for distribution services and add-on packages.

Whitelabel distribution companies will also use My Music Distribution Zone to set up their distribution services and manage their clients.

What is the My Music Publishing Zone [MMPZ]?

My Music Publishing Zone is the application within My Client Zone that songwriters and publishing rights-holders will use to upload compositions for registration with global collection societies, manage song catalogue, add royalty payment details, view and download sales/accounting analytics, and pay for publishing services.

Whitelabel Publishing companies will also use My Music Distribution Zone to set up their music publishing services and manage their customers.

What is the My Music Account Zone [MMAZ]?

My Music Account Zone is the application within My Client Zone that allows each distribution and publishing user to manage their individual account that will be used to access the other applications.

Music Distribution

What do I need before I start?

If you have recorded your music or have music you own the legal rights to release, then you are well on the way to being able to use our distribution services.

Once you have signed up, you will need to provide the following for each audio release:

  • Audio files for each track in .wav format
  • Release artwork with a minimum size of 3000 x 3000 pixels (square) at 300 dpi
  • Metadata information such as track titles, performers, genre etc.

For music video releases you will need to provide:

  • Video files for each track in .mov or .mp4 format
  • Video thumbnail with a minimum size of 1920 x 1080 pixels (square) at 300 dpi
  • Metadata information such as video title, performers, genre etc.

*Please NOTE: We do not accept MP3s at Horus Music and ask clients to send us the best quality music possible, which is a WAV file.

How do I upload my music to the My Music Distribution Zone (MMDZ)?

Once you have signed up and logged into your MMDZ account, please go to the side bar and select Releases >> New Audio Release (or “New Video Release” if uploading a video).

This will begin the new release submission process.

(For first-time users, you may be re-directed to the “Edit Profile” section to enter important information before you can begin the release submission process).

During the submission process you will be asked to input data relevant to your release, and upload artwork and audio files.

Once you have navigated through the release submission process you will reach a “Summary” page where you can quickly check all the data input and files uploaded are correct. To submit the release to our team to review and distribute, please make sure you hit the “Submit” button.

How much does it cost?

At Horus Music we offer a range of account models to meet the needs of different clients.

Our most popular and cost-effective service is the Unlimited Distribution subscription. On this model you pay an annual fee to distribute your audio releases and keep these releases live on DSPS. You will be paid 100% of your due royalties generated from streams and downloads.

Artist account subscription = £20 per year.

Label account subscription = starts at £30 per year (price increases dependent on number of artist sub-profiles required).

Our video distribution packages start at £20 per release.

What is Unlimited Distribution?

We’re glad you asked. You can find out more information here: Unlimited Distribution: What it is and how it works

Please NOTE: currently you must keep an active subscription live on your account for your releases to remain live on DSPs. If you reach the yearly renewal date and do not wish to continue, you can cancel at this time.

Do you provide ISRC codes and UPCs / barcodes?

If you do not already have Barcodes (aka UPCs) and ISRC codes generated for your audio and video releases, Horus Music can provide these free of charge.

When uploading new releases to our My Music Distribution Zone system, you can leave the Barcode and ISRC code sections blank and when you submit your release for quality checks and distribution, our system will generate and assign unique barcode and ISRC codes to your release.

How quickly will I see my release on stores and platforms?

We deal with all music and video release submissions as soon as possible. Most releases can be processed and sent out to stores within 24-hours / 1-working day from date of submission.

When a release is submitted, our distribution team will run a quality control check to make sure there are no issues with the audio file, metadata or release artwork. If all looks good the release is sent out to all platforms specified in the metadata and you will receive an automated email from the My Music Distribution Zone confirming this has been completed.

If there are any issues, our team will un-submit your release and an email notification will be sent to you with details as to why the release was un-submitted. The release will be moved back to draft mode for you to make the necessary corrections.

ent out to platforms, we have no control over how soon platforms will process the release ready for the chosen release date. Each platform has its own ingestion methods which can affect how long it takes for them to prepare your music ready for release.

If you have a release that needs to go live on a certain date, it is always best to plan ahead and give plenty of lead time. We recommend submitting your releases 4-6 weeks in advance.

How do I get the links to my music on different platforms?

Unfortunately, the platforms control the links and do not automatically provide us with a link to each release.

For most platforms, you will need to wait until the release is live on each platform, manually search for your release and then copy the link.

If you’re struggling to find your music on a particular platform, feel free to Contact Us, and our team will be able to help.

For Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, and Deezer, we can obtain links to releases not yet live. If you would like us to send these in advance of the release date, please send us the barcode to your distributed release.

Once you have collected your links, you may find it easier to bring them all together using a smart URL. This way, you allow your fans to choose where they would like to download or stream your music.

Can you set up a pre-order link for my release?

We can set up pre-orders for your music on iTunes and Amazon for no extra charge. When submitting your release on the My Music Distribution Zone, you can enter a date you want your pre-order to start from.

If you need assistance finding your pre-order once it is live, please Contact Us and we can send pre-order links.

If you want to set up Instant Gratification on iTunes, please let the distribution team know.

Can you set up a pre-save link for my release?

Unfortunately, at this time we cannot create pre-saves on platforms like Spotify, Apple and Deezer.

However, If you’re looking to set up a pre-save campaign for your next release, Horus Music have partnered with Feature FM to offer you a discount on their services.

If you need help sourcing upcoming Spotify URLs / URIs etc. To set up your pre-save, please Contact Us and we can help get you everything you need to create your pre-save.

Can I release a cover song?

Yes, we can distribute cover songs.

However, please bear in mind that the following must be considered:

  1. Publisher, Composer and Lyricist metadata must reflect that of the original song you are covering.
  2. In order to distribute the release (that your cover song features on) to digital download stores in the USA, Canada, Mexico, India, Japan and Pakistan, you will need to purchase a license, or obtain permission from the original copyright owners.

Artists and labels should obtain licenses separately for themselves.

If you need to buy a cover song license, we recommend using Affordable Song Licensing.

We cannot distribute a cover for you to all platforms until we have been provided with proof of permission or license being purchased.

Can I use a custom record label name?

Yes – we do not charge you for using a custom label name. You just need to enter your label on the correct section on the My Music Distribution Zone.

Can I choose where my music is released?

Yes – when submitting your audio and video releases you can select which territories you want your release to be/not be available in.

In terms of selecting which platforms to send your music to, we have different default delivery options available for you to select from when submitting your music.

If you wish for your music to not be sent to specific platforms, please get in touch with our Global Team.

Do you have different deals for record labels?

This depends on the size of the label. If you are a registered record label with a regular number of releases each month / year and have good promotional plans in place, please contact us before signing up.

We are happy to discuss what you require from us and how we can best work with each other.

Our distribution system, My Music Distribution Zone, allows record labels to have a parent ‘label’ account so you can manage the artists and the releases that make up your roster and catalogue. You can create multiple artist sub-profiles and assign separate logins and permissions for your artists and others on your team to ensure that everyone is only seeing what they have permission to view.

You may also benefit from our Artist and Label Services model, which has been designed to offer clients looking for a more hands-on experience from their distribution partner to help break through the noise.

Can I edit my release after it has been sent to stores?

If you have input wrong information or have mis-spelt anything within the metadata, we can easily issue metadata updates to for all platforms to update ASAP.

We can also send out release artwork updates if you wish to change the artwork on any of your releases.

If you require artwork or metadata to be updated, please Contact Us.

Sadly, once a release has been sent out to platforms, we cannot update audio files or change track-listings for releases. If you have uploaded the wrong audio file, or forgot to include a track from your release, you will need to re-upload your release and re-submit as a new release. From there we can take down the incorrect version of the release.

*Please note: each client is allowed x1 metadata / artwork update free of charge per month. If you require multiple changes to be made, we will charge £10+VAT per change.

The full list of any potential charges can be found within the Distribution Terms and Conditions you agree to when submitting your releases for distribution on your MMDZ account.

By signing up to our distribution services you agree to our terms and conditions.

If you wish to view a copy of these terms and conditions, please Contact Us.

I have a large catalogue of releases; do you have the option to bulk upload to my account?

Yes, we do offer this, however the team will need to first turn this feature on for your account.

Please reach out to our Global Team to request access to this feature.

How do I take down my music?

If you need to take down your music, please speak to us first as we may be able to help. You may not need to take your music down at all.

If you would still like to remove your music from stores, we will be very sorry to see you go but please send an email to our Global Team with details for the releases you would like to be taken down.

If we need to issue a forced takedown of a release due to piracy, the person infringing will be charged, and the full list of any potential charges can be found within the Distribution Terms and Conditions you agree to when submitting your releases for distribution on your MMDZ account.

By signing up to our distribution services you agree to our terms and conditions.

What platforms do you deliver to?

As a global music distribution company, we have direct distribution deals with 100+ worldwide (I.e. Spotify, Apple, Amazon) and territory specific (JioSaavn, Boomplay, FLO) music streaming and digital download platforms.

We’re always adding more delivery points, so we don’t display the full list of platforms on our website. We also do not charge our clients any extra when new platforms are added to our delivery feed.

If you want to get the latest list, please Contact Us.

What’s your “Fair Usage” policy?

The unlimited distribution accounts are designed for normal use of the system and your usage will be monitored.

If your usage is deemed to be excessive, you will be notified via email and asked if you would like to upgrade your account to continue to distribute more tracks. Excessive Usage per year would be anything above 10 albums, 14 EPs or 48 singles per artist profile each year.

If you think you will exceed this, then please Contact Us before signing up so we can create a custom account for you.

How do I move my music to Horus Music from another distributor?

If you are wanting to transfer your catalogue to Horus Music, and do not want there to be a period where the releases are not live, or do not want to lose stream counts on platforms like Spotify, then please follow these steps:

1 – Set up an artist or label account with Horus Music.
2 – Go to “Releases” > “New Audio Release” and upload each release in your catalogue.

When entering the metadata for each release, you will need to make sure the ISRC codes for each track is the exact same as it is with your previous distributor. The rest of the metadata (release dates, track titles, artist names) should also match as closely as possible to what was entered with the previous distributor.

Audio files uploaded must also be the exact same as provided with the previous distributor.

3 – Submit each release for distribution. Our team will then process and send the catalogue to the platforms to be ingested ASAP.
4 – email the distribution team on alr@horusmusic.co.uk to let them know which releases are being transferred to Horus Music.

From here we will wait until platforms process and make your releases live. On platforms like Spotify, if the metadata is correct and the right audio files are provided, their system will recognise it is a duplicate of a release already live and will link the two together, meaning that stream counts will also be matching.

Once releases have been linked, we will let you know, and you can then request a mass takedown via your previous distribution partner. When their versions of the catalogue are taken down, Horus Music will be the sole content provider for your catalogue.


What is a UPC?

A UPC is a “universal product code” and is essentially a barcode / serial number. It provides your digital release a unique identity.

All releases are required to have a unique barcode (UPC / EAN) and we take care of assigning them to releases.

What is an ISRC?

An ISRC is an “international standard recording code” and identifies a particular recording of a track. All tracks on a release are required to have an assigned ISRC.

ISRC’s are essential and if you are bringing over catalogue to Horus Music, you’ll want to use the same codes to ensure streams remain intact.

How do I get a UPC/Barcode or ISRC?

If you don’t already have a release barcode or track ISRCs for your next release, then Horus Music can provide these for you free of charge.

When you upload your next release, leave these metadata fields blank and when you submit for distribution our client system, the My Music Distribution Zone, will automatically assign a unique barcode and ISRCs. These codes can then be seen in the “Manage Releases” section of your account.

What is a PRO?

PRO stands for “Performance Rights Organization”.

PROs are responsible for collecting income on behalf of songwriters and music publishers when a song is publicly broadcast or performed. Public performances can include play on television or radio, in clubs and restaurants, on websites, or on other broadcasting systems. PROs collect license fees for this usage which they pay to their registered songwriters after taking a small fee.

When creating your account with Horus Music and/or Horus Music Publishing, you can input your membership number with your local PRO.

What should I enter for the (P) Holder and (P) Year?

The (P) Holder is the name of the person, company or entity that owns the legal rights to the release/track. Usually, this is the person who paid for the recording and owns the master rights, i.e. the record label. If you’re an independent artist you may want to enter you artist / band or legal name.

The (P) Year is the year in which the legal rights to the release/track began, i.e. the year the album was recorded / mastered / released.

What should I enter for the (C) Holder and (C) Year?

The (C) Holder is the name of the person, company or entity that owns the legal rights to the release artwork. Usually, this is the person who paid for the artwork to be created.

The (C) Year is the year in which the legal rights to the release artwork began, i.e. the year the artwork was created.


Something is not working on my account; how do I get help to fix this?

At Horus Music, all our staff are trained to deal with technical issues as they arise. However, if our customer service team cannot deal with a particular issue then it will be escalated through our management process.

We do not have an average time length or ticketing system, however, any we do get are dealt with straight away as a priority.

You can find more information on how to reach us on our Contact Us page.

I haven’t received my profile activation link, where is it?

Activation links are sent by email to the email address you used to sign up to Horus Music.

If you have not received an activation link in your primary inbox, firstly please check your other inbox option and your junk / spam folder.

If you still cannot find your activation link, please Contact Us.

How do I submit a release when logged into my label account?

To distribute a new release from your label account, you must first set up an artist sub-profile. Label accounts on the My Music Distribution Zone allow you to create sub-profiles for your artists and any others on your team.

All new audio and video releases are submitted for distribution in artist sub-profiles

When logged into your dashboard, head to Sub-profiles >> New Sub-Profile and create a profile for the main artist on your release.

Once saved and created you will be automatically taken to the Sub-profiles >> Manage Sub-profiles page, where you will need to press “Select” on your new artist sub-profile.

This will take you into the artist sub-profile, where you can then head to Releases >> New Audio Release (or New Video Release).

This will start the release submission process.


Do you offer any promotional services?

Yes, we offer a range of marketing campaign services for our client to apply for, which includes radio plugging, digital PR, playlist pitching, YouTube ads and more.

For more information about our pre-release and post-release services, check out the Pre-Release promotion and Post-Release promotion services.

Our marketing team choose to work with artists on a case-by-case basis through a submission and review process.

Use this form to submit your music for consideration.

How much do the marketing packages cost?

We offer a range of music marketing services, each priced differently dependent on the work required to run a successful service.

For all of our release promotion services, we offer these on a case-by-case basis, and music submissions must be reviewed by the necessary Horus team member before any payment is taken. This is done to ensure that both the artist and individual promoting the release, are happy that a successful campaign is possible.

Feel free to reach out to our Global Team to be connected with a marketing team member and receive a cost summary for the different services you are interested in.

Use this form to submit your music for consideration.

Can I have some advice on promoting my music?

If you are not already, we recommend signing up to our Newsletter. We send out at least one newsletter per month to all registered emails. Our newsletters contain industry news, release and promotion tips, recommended services and updated from Horus Music HQ.

We are also always adding informative articles to our Blog. Here you’ll find more in-depth articles on industry news, artist case studies, tips and tools for Horus Music clients, and more!


When do I get paid my royalties?

We pay all eligible clients after 90 days from when Horus Music receives royalties and the corresponding reports from our DSP partners.

Please note, that many stores take up to 3 months to account to us, so when you first sign up there may be a 6-month delay before you receive your royalties, but you can still log in to your account on MyClientZone so you can keep track of your sales.

This payment timeline is in place as it allows our accounts department the necessary time to investigate and ensure that royalties are rightly distributed, deducting amounts from artists and labels who engage in streaming fraud activity. This pro-active measure aims to shield all non-fraudulent clients from potential ramifications arising from DSP-imposed fines and changes to accounting.

Royalty payments are automatically sent to all eligible artists and record labels on the 15th of every month. In some cases, payments may be sent earlier or later than the 15th – in this circumstance we will be sure to notify all clients in advance.

Payment thresholds are also in place. If you’re not in the UK, there is a £10.00 (GBP) minimum threshold (due to bank conversion fees etc). For UK based clients there are no minimum payouts.

How do you pay me my royalties?

We pay our royalties safely and securely through Convera or PayPal. If you would like to be included in the next royalty payment to clients, please make sure you have set up your payment details in your My Music Distribution Zone profile by heading to “Settings” >> “Payment Gateway”.

How do I update my royalty payment details?

Updating your payment details will be different dependent on which payment method you have chosen:

You will need to log into your Convera Account and select “EDIT” on the bank details and update the primary details on the account, confirm and then submit.

Your PayPal account can easily be updated in the Settings >> Payment Gateway section on you’re my Music Distribution Zone account.

I have recently had streams and downloads, why does it show zero royalties on My Music Distribution Zone?

All stores manage their accounting differently, with some stores paying royalties sooner than others. Many stores can have a 3-month delay in accounting. Until the stores provide us with their latest accounting data we cannot enter how many royalties you have earned.

It may take some time for this section to be updated, but rest assured if you’ve released something through us then the information will be displayed as soon as we are able to.

What analytics are available?

We have daily statistics available from the stores that offer them and detailed monthly sales analytics and royalty statements which you can download.

We also have interactive graphs so that you can easily understand the information you are provided with.

You can then use this data when planning your next campaign or tour dates etc.

Are there any fees in place when you payout royalties?

Conversion rates / payment fees may affect your royalty payments dependent on which payment method you have chosen:

Do not charge a payment fee, but they do dictate the conversion rate.

PayPal will charge a 2% payment fee from your royalty payment. They also dictate the conversion rate.

Digital Platforms

How do I claim my artist page on Spotify?

Artists can claim their page on Spotify by signing up to Spotify For Artists.

How do I update my artist image, bio and links across the streaming platforms?

For most major streaming platforms you can claim and update your artist pages. Please see the links below…

If you need assistance updating your artist pages on other platforms, please Contact Us.

What is a Topic channel on YouTube?

When we deliver audio releases to go live on YouTube Music, the tracks from the audio release will also be uploaded on the main YouTube platform as “Art Tracks”.

A “Topic Channel” is where your Art Tracks are uploaded to on YouTube. Typically, they are titled ‘Artist Name – Topic’.

A Topic Channel is automatically generated by YouTube and cannot be accessed by artists or customised.

However, Topic Channels can be merged into your own / main channel on YouTube. This is done by converting your main artist channel in an “Official Artist Channel”.

How do I get an Official Artist Channel (OAC) on YouTube?

If you’re an artist, releasing music on YouTube, an Official Artist Channel (OAC) brings together all your music related content from your different YouTube channels into one place.

When approved, YouTube does this by converting your main channel into the OAC and brings in your content from other channels to be housed by the newly converted OAC channel. This means if you also have a Topic Channel and a VEVO channel, you can choose to have all the content housed under an Official Artist Channel.

To submit you channel for OAC conversion and check if it is eligible, please send an email to our Global Team with links to your different channels.

Check eligibility requirements for an OAC – here

I need to provide an artist ID for Spotify and Apple Music, what are they and how can I find them?

To ensure that your new releases are being linked to the correct artist pages on Spotify and Apple Music before the releases go live, we have added a way to do this automatically through our delivery system.

If you are releasing music for the first time, or require a new artist page to be created, then please leave the ID sections blank.


To find your ID on Spotify, first you need to copy the URL or URI to your artist page. If you select the three dots, then “Share” > “Copy Link to Artist”, this will copy the URL to your page.

Your Spotify URL will show spotify.com/artist/ followed by numbers and letters ending in “?”

These numbers and letters are your Spotify artist ID.

For example:

URL: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5Y2oKw6AF3DJvM1WJpK2Z8?si=Ndr6DOW2QHCTkIp7h_DNmg

URI: spotify:artist:5Y2oKw6AF3DJvM1WJpK2Z8

The artist ID is: 5Y2oKw6AF3DJvM1WJpK2Z8

Apple Music:

To find your ID on Apple, first you need to copy the URL to your artist page. If you select the three dots, then “Share” > “Copy Link”, this will copy the URL to your page.

At the end of the URL is a series of numbers – this is your apple artist ID.

For example: URL: https://music.apple.com/gb/artist/her-burden/646291282 The artist ID is: 646291282

Which dance stores do you deliver to?

As well as sending to all other platforms, we can also delivery dance and electronic genre releases to Beatport and Juno.

Why can’t I see lyrics on Spotify and other DSPs?

Sign up to Horus Music Publishing today and we can get your lyrics sent to all major platforms.

If you are only working with Horus Music through our release distribution service, sadly we cannot send your lyrics to digital platforms. This is because through the Horus Music distribution services we do not represent artists in publishing.

Why am I receiving copyright claims when I upload my music to YouTube / SoundCloud / Facebook / Instagram?

When you select to distribute your music to all platforms, we will also send the music to Content ID systems on YouTube, SoundCloud, and Meta [Facebook & Instagram].

Content ID systems scan audio files and flag user uploads to these platforms when copyrighted audio is used in the upload. These systems are designed to protect (and in some cases, monetise) your copyrighted music on these user upload platforms.

By default, the Content ID systems may flag your own uploads to your channel containing your music. To prevent this from happening we can whitelist your YouTube Channel, SoundCloud account and Facebook/Instagram pages, so that when you upload your own music, your accounts won’t be flagged with copyright claims.

Email our team with links to your Meta, YouTube or SoundCloud links and we can get your profiles whitelisted.

Why isn't my music on Instagram?

Unlike YouTube and SoundCloud, who have separate delivery points for the music streaming platform and content ID system, Meta currently only have one delivery point set up for both their audio library and content ID.

This means if you have chosen exclude content ID services (when uploading your music and selecting the services option), or your music is not eligible for content ID services, your music will not be sent to Instagram’s audio library.

If your music is eligible and has been sent to content ID services, but is still not live on Instagram, please Contact Us and we can investigate further.

Why has my music not been sent to Content ID platforms?

Due to policies set by the content ID platforms, releases may not be suitable to be sent to these systems.

Because these systems work by scanning audio in your music and matching to other uploads on the platform, if your music contains non-exclusive samples, beats or loops, this can cause issues when multiple artists use the same samples, beats, loops.

If we have reason to believe your music may contain non-exclusive samples/beats/loops, and therefore not eligible for content ID platforms, our distribution team will un-submit your music and ask you to exclude content ID from the delivery list.

If your music has been un-submitted your release for this release, but you have exclusive rights to the samples/beats/loops used in your release, or have created the music from scratch, please Contact Us and we can investigate further.

How long will it take for my VEVO channel to be created?

When you are uploading your first video and purchase your VEVO Starter Package, make sure you complete all the necessary information for us to create your channel.

Remember that your chosen VEVO artist channel name can be no more than 16 characters long.

Once complete, we will send this information to VEVO for you. It can take them up to 2 weeks to create your channel (although it is often quicker) so please take this into account when planning your release.

What exactly is artificial streaming?

Artificial streaming is any activity that takes place on end-user platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music. The action is undertaken with the express purpose of artificially boosting streaming numbers for a particular track or catalogue. This results in fraudulently increased revenue and publicity for the artist and/or label. Another term for artificial streaming is Streaming Manipulation. This refers to an illegitimate number of streams and royalties the track produces.

Fraudulent activity and artificial streaming has been such a prevalent issue, with the Centre National de Musique reporting that at least 1%-3% of music streams in France alone are fraudulent. Translated to a worldwide basis, according to recent studies reported by Music Business Worldwide, this equates to an estimated $169 million to $507 million of royalties being earned by fraudulent artists. This highlights just how much of a global issue this is for the music industry.

Stores such as Spotify have worked to increase awareness of fraudulent activity across their platform, including the use of illegitimate music promotion services to increase streams. It’s exceptionally important for you as an artist or label to check and verify third party companies you are looking to work with for promoting your music. In particular, be careful when discussing options with those who offer too good to be true results or guarantee a certain number of playlist placements or streams. These types of companies can often be scams, which will unfortunately result in stores removing your music from their platform.

How does artificial streaming happen?

Artificial streams are usually achieved by boosting play counts through any automated, deceptive, fraudulent or other invalid means (digital bots, “click farms”, payment for placement on playlists, etc.). This can include a series of different actions. In this instance, they usually play a track on loop to appear as if it has been streamed several times. Streaming platforms track unusual listening patterns and flag streams which they deem potentially suspicious and class as artificial streams.

How can I avoid being flagged for fraudulent streaming?

If you’re in the market for a music promotion service, make sure to do your research before you hire them. There are some deceptive advertisements we’ve recently seen for illegitimate music promotion services.

Third parties that promise playlist placements or a specific number of streams in exchange for compensation are likely using illegitimate practices without your knowledge. These services can threaten your hard work, resulting in the potential withholding of streams or royalties, or even complete removal of your catalog from streaming services.

Our streaming partners work diligently to ensure streams are legitimate, meaning they reflect genuine user listening intent. If a service (i.e. Spotify, Apple, Deezer) finds that you (or a third party hired by you or on your behalf) have boosted play counts through any automated, deceptive, fraudulent or other invalid means (digital bots, “click farms”, payment for placement on playlists, etc.), the service may permanently remove your entire catalog.

For more information, we recommend that you check out these useful articles created by the Spotify for Artists team:

Article: Third Party Services That Guarantee Stream

Blog: What Is Artificial Streaming

What is the music industry doing to tackle fraudulent streaming?

Platforms like Spotify have recently updated their anti-stream manipulation measures. They are now providing distributors like Horus Music with monthly reports. These reports contain details of any artificial streams which have been removed from the monthly royalty calculation. These royalties are also subsequently removed from your monthly statements and payments.

A global task force named Music Fights Fraud Alliance has also been created. The aim is to unite companies from all areas of the industry in the common goal of eradicating fraudulent streaming. By working together, the music industry hopes to provide solutions to the ongoing problems that are affecting artists.

What are Horus Music doing to tackle fraudulent streaming?

Horus Music works very closely with each digital service provider to monitor any abnormal behaviour which may reflect fraudulent streams. This includes monthly reports, and meetings to discuss the specific artists and labels who are of concern.

We are also taking internal measures to ensure that fraudulent artists and labels are not able to use our services. There have been instances confirmed by other distributors where fraudulent artists move from one distributor to the next. They are caught at one and simply continue their illegal activities at a new distributor. You may notice you are asked to provide photo ID along with proof of address and ownership of your music. This has always been written into our distribution agreement. We can assure you this is in place to protect you and your music from fraudulent activity. We also ensure we are in compliance with GDPR laws and keep all documentation secured safely. The cooperation of our artists and labels is greatly appreciated to ensure the system is fairer for everyone.

How do we support our artists who have been affected by fraudulent streaming?

It is important to remember that declaring a release as having earned royalties fraudulently is not Horus Music’s decision. We simply act on information provided from the platforms we deliver to.

We strive to work together with our artists to resolve any issues. If you are affected by a fraudulent streaming activity notification and believe your music has been flagged in error, we request our artists to provide evidence of genuine marketing campaigns and strategies. This information should be provided within fourteen days of receiving email notification. From here, we can review the information submitted and investigate the matter further.

We also ensure to clearly explain to all our artists what fraudulent streaming is and why it could have occurred. It is essential we work together with our legitimate artists to support them through the process. Our team are always on hand via email and phone to address any queries and help to educate our artists.

If you are looking for a legitimate way to boost streams, Horus Music offers a range of marketing services.

Music Publishing

How does an existing Horus Music artist sign up for HMP?

To access Horus Music Publishing services from your ‘My Music Distribution Zone’ account, head to the dashboard in the My Music Account Zone and you will now see the option to enter the “My Music Publishing Zone” application.

When you select this option, you will be taken to sign up to Horus Music Publishing.

Can I still register my songs with Horus Music Publishing if I do not use Horus Music's distribution services?

Yes you can. Horus Music and Horus Music Distribution are two separate services, and if you are using one you do not need to be signed up on the other. Horus Music Publishing is open to any songwriter or publishing rights holder to sign up and register their music compositions with a global network of collection societies.

How often do the collection societies pay Horus Music Publishing?

Royalties are typically distributed to publishers on a quarterly basis in the following months: April, July, October, December. A small number of our partners pay monthly e.g. The MLC and Pretzel.

Please note that it can take up to 12 months for royalties to start to be paid for a song once it has first been registered with PRO’s

When will Horus Music Publishing pay Songwriters?

Royalties will be paid on a monthly basis for any income received during the previous month.

If I have never registered with a publisher or a PRO before, does that mean all my songs have uncollected publishing royalties?

Correct, when your song is “reproduced”, i.e. streamed, downloaded or purchased physically (CD/Vinyl), on top of the revenue made from the sale/stream, publishing royalties are also generated and are paid to PROs / collection societies. Likewise, if you’re playing your songs live, played on the radio, or your song is added to a film, TV show, advert, video game etc. your song will also generate publishing royalties.

If you have not registered your songs with a PRO directly or through a music publisher, then the publishing royalties they generate will remain unclaimed.

Can we claim backdated publishing royalties for a song?

This varies per collection society/platform. Some can collect royalties as far back as three years. Some more, some less. We can make no guarantees about backdated publishing royalty payouts because they depend on individual societies and deals the songwriter may have made with publishers in the past.

If the Artist is in a band, do they just need one MMPZ account?

All band members will need an individual Horus Music Publishing profile to be able to collect their share of the publishing royalties. Register your band as a Publisher Account and take advantage of the reduced rates. £5.50 a month for two songwriter sub profiles, £2.50 for each additional songwriter in the band.

As a band, do we each have to upload the song to our Horus Music Publishing profile and enter royalty shares and metadata?

Although each band member will need to have a songwriter profile on Horus Music Publishing, only one band member needs to upload and submit the song. When entering the details of the songwriters (songwriter names, IPI numbers etc.) our system will first search the database for existing songwriter profiles on Horus Music Publishing and map the song to their profiles once submitted to our team to begin PRO registration. Royalties will also be split amongst the songwriters and sent to each songwriter profile separately.

How does a Songwriter report their live performances?

At present, songwriters and publisher clients can email setlists to the Horus Music Publishing team to process with the relevant collection society. In the future this will be an automated feature soon to be added within Horus Music Publishing accounts.

Is there a list of PROs you would suggest to join?

Please email our team and we can provide a list of PROs that are available to join.

Ultimately it is up to each songwriter to decide which PRO to affiliate with, however a good place to start is to look to connect with the PRO / collection society operating in your home territory. Some societies will accept international songwriters, and all have their own sign up fees and requirements to consider.

What is the difference between streaming platform royalty collection through the publisher and through the distributor?

Every time your song is streamed or downloaded via a DSP (i.e. Spotify, Apple, iTunes) there are two different types of copyright generating royalties. Firstly, you have the composition (i.e. the lyrics, melody and written music), which is collected by PROs. Secondly, you have the master recording sale/reproduction, which is paid to the distributor or the record label.

Two different royalties being generated at the time and being collected by two different entities.

Why do I need a CAE/IPI number if I already have an ISRC for my track?

The IPI/CAE number is a unique identifier for you as the songwriter, whereas the ISRC is a unique identifier assigned to each of your master recordings.

What's the difference between PPL and PRS - and do you need both?

PPL is a UK and international collection society for the reproduction of your master recordings (i.e. what is being distributed through Horus Music / your music distributor) and is the public performance of your master recording. PRS is the public performance of your composition (written music, melody, lyrics). They are two different societies collecting two different types of royalties.

If you are the songwriter, recording artist and performer, you’d need to be affiliated with both.

Because PPL isn’t a publishing society, Horus Music Publishing won’t be registering your works with PPL, this is something you would need to do this youself, via your manager or through your record label.

I am already registered direct with my local PRO, is there a still a benefit in joining Horus Music Publishing?

Most major territory PROs are part of the reciprocal network, which means if royalties are generated outside of your home territory, the royalties are sent through the local PROs to your home PRO to be then paid out to the publisher/songwriter. However, when the royalties are transferred from one PRO to another, each PRO will take a cut of the amount generated from your works..

When registering your works with Horus Music Publishing, we are direct members with, and register your works directly with worldwide PROs covering 83 territories, which means we help cut out the middlemen all taking a percentage of your royalties.

Our team are working to add more worldwide PROs to our network.

Another benefit to working with Horus Music Publishing, is that we are here to handle all the tedious admin work for you. This includes: making sure all yours works are registered correctly, isn’t in conflict, submit correct metadata, report live performances, making sure royalties are matched and paid etc.

If you sign up for Horus Publishing would that prevent you from signing up to another publisher deal?

Once you submit a song through your Horus Music Limited account, that song would be exclusive to Horus Music Publishing term duration of the agreement. However if you were to sign a deal with another publishing company, you can simply email our team and we can issue a takedown of the songs you request from our system.

If you compose music without lyrics do you still need to register as a member of a PRO, or sign to a music publisher?

Yes, even if you are composing instrumental music, you are still a songwriter and your written music will still generate publishing royalties.

If I move from one publisher to Horus Music Publishing, how will you ensure past royalties are collected?

This will be based on what the termination clause is in your previous publisher’s contract. So this will be a process we go through on a case-by-case basis with you and your previous publisher to make sure that the works are correctly transferred to Horus Music Publishing.

If you would like to start this process, please contact our team.

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