Compensation for live gigs abroad
When your music has been played abroad STIM will often get information about this. However, it may take up to a year and a half to get compensation. But there is a way for you to speed up the process.
Leave your set list to the local organizer
To speed up the process, you can ask the organizer at site how it works. In some countries they have prepared forms at the venue where you play, which you can fill out and submit to the organizer. They will forward the playlist to the country's collecting society.
All countries have different rules regarding compensation
Unfortunately STIM can not guarantee that you will receive compensation for the live shows abroad. It all depends on what the specific rules of the country look like. To help STIM to monitor your remuneration, you can log in to My Pages and click on "Complaints" and then "Live performances". You simply fill out the form and send it to us.
You report your live shows in the United States in the same way as you report other gigs abroad, via My Pages. STIM's counterpart in the United States (ASCAP) usually does not give compensation for live shows. But if your songs are played live in the United States, STIM can apply for ASCAP OnStage on your account. This means that you are able to get some financial compensation for the live shows in the US. This is done once a year (Jan-Dec) by 31 March. For example, the period January to December 2016 needs to be submitted to STIM by 31 March 2017.
Live shows in the UK
In the UK you normally get compensation only for concerts at major venues. The venues have a contract to notify PRS (the British copyright society) of the concerts. However you will not get a remunration for live gigs at pubs, discos and smaller clubs. If you've played live in the UK, there is an opportunity however to get paid even for gigs in small venues. You can report the gigs via My Pages up to a year after they have taken place. This means that STIM must get your report eleven months after the actual performance at the latest, so that we have sufficient time to submit your report to PRS.