What is a cue sheet?
A cue sheet is a document which details music usage in audio visual productions which are either broadcast on television or performed in movie theatres.
Any music, be it a background cue, instrumental theme music or song, is listed along with the writer and publisher’s names and shares plus general information on the production.
Do I need to file a cue sheet?
You are required to file a cue sheet if the music you purchased is used in a TV program or series, TV commercial or feature film.
This is in compliance with your Music License Agreement.
How does it work?
Once a cue sheet has been completed it must be submitted to the performance rights organization (PRO) of the country in which the production was created. That performance rights organization then communicates with the PRO of the composer and publisher which, in turn, distributes any royalties earned. Broadcast companies pay an annual licensing fee to performance rights organizations and it is from these fees that composers and artists collect their royalties. Royalties are collected on works performed, both domestically and internationally, in broadcast, satellite and cable radio and TV shows and theatres.
Do I have to pay royalties?
You do not pay any royalties. This is the responsibility of the broadcaster. There is no cost associated with filing a cue sheet.
What information is needed?
In terms of music information, you will need the track title, duration, writer’s name and share (%) plus the publisher’s name and share (%). This information is all available in your download’s area. Go to My Orders, choose View Order and you will see the Cue Sheet Information display button beside the product description.
In some cases, a composer may not belong to a PRO. In this instance you should still input the publisher’s information and file the cue sheet, regardless.
How do I file?
The broadcaster should supply you with a cue sheet. If not, you can download a cue sheet here.
The form is available as a pdf file. Download Adobe Reader if you are unable to read the file.
The cue sheet must be emailed, mailed or faxed to the PRO of the country in which you are broadcasting. You are also required to send a copy of your completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org. This is for our records and enables us to monitor royalty payments more efficiently.
Thank you, in advance.
Below is a comprehensive list containing the names and web addresses of all the Performance Rights Associations around the world:
|Trinidad & Tobago
Need help with filling in the form? Here is a step by step guide.
– for track title, writer, publisher, PRO and shares, please visit your download’s area for details.