Your music on Jamendo must be royalty-free
Does that mean that you will not receive money (aka royalties) for your music? No! The words "royalty-free" and "copyright-free" are not to be taken word-for-word. Because (a) you will receive royalties on the licenses that you sell on Jamendo (for those participating in the Jamendo monetization services) and (b) you own the copyright to your music.
These terms are used in the music business to say that for this music no royalties will be collected by a collecting society (CMO). For Jamendo clients, this means: If I buy a license here, I will not have to pay an additional fee to my Collective Management Organisation (CMO).
What if you are registered with a CMO?
Can you not participate on Jamendo when you are already registered with a CMO? That depends on your collecting society. The conditions vary a lot between different CMO's in different countries.
The CMO's in some countries are very flexible and allow you to indicate if you want to manage your licenses on Jamendo without them (e.g. most CMO's in the US). The CMO's in other countries collect royalties only for the songs that you register with them, but not for those, that you do not register with them (e.g. Italy). And the CMO's in even other countries claim the right to manage the royalties of all of your tracks, even those that you have not registered with them (e.g. Germany). For more information on different CMO's, continue here.
If you are registered with a CMO, check the details of your agreement with your CMO and inform us of them before uploading your music on Jamendo!
Inform Jamendo of your CMO-status
When you create a new Artist on Jamendo, you are asked to indicate if you are registered with a CMO. It is very important that you indicate this information correctly. If you are registered with a CMO but indicate "no" on Jamendo, then you are in breach of two agreements.
If you indicate "yes"...
...then you need to send us an email of your CMO-status to the address email@example.com. Your profile is waiting for moderation. Your account will be activated only if your CMO is flexible on how you can manage your rights (see above).