No. 1 Christian Song: “What Faith Can Do”

Up for bid are the public performance royalties generated by the No. 1 hit “What Faith Can Do,” from Christian rock band Kutless.


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Top Bid: Frank H

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Starting Price: $19,500
Bidding Increment: $400
Closing Price: $21,500
End Date: Aug 07, 2018, 3:05 PM MDT
Last 12 Months' Royalties: $3,777
Investment Term: 10 years*
Distributors: ASCAP
Rights Included:

Public Performance 

Interests Included:

Songwriter (U.S. Only)

Track List:

Track List

First Distribution:

October 9, 2018

Distribution Frequency: Quarterly


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What rights are included?

  Musical Composition Sound Recording
Copyrights included? No
Public Performance
Sources: Internet Streaming, AM/FM & Satellite Radio, TV/Film/Commercial Performances, etc. Internet Streaming, Satellite Radio, Digital Downloads, CD Sales, TV/Film/Commercial Placements & Performances, Samples, etc.
Distributors: ASCAP


This single-song auction features the No. 1 Christian hit "What Faith Can Do," from Christian rock band Kutless. We recently sold the publishing royalties for this song, and you can check that auction out here. Now up for auction are the songwriter public performance royalties.

Released in 2009, "What Faith Can Do" became a big radio success, spending eight weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Christian Songs, as well as No. 1 on the Christian Airplay charts. The song still earns primarily from radio with 63% of income in the last year — nearly 10 years after its release! The video has over eight million views on YouTube and also won BMI's Song of the Year in 2011.

"What Faith Can Do" is off the album It Is Well, which debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's Hot Christian Albums and No. 42 on the mainstream Top 200. The track was also featured on the Gold-certified WOW Hits 2011 compilation album, in addition to WOW #1’s.

Key Drivers

Income Sources. Radio earnings account for 90% of the song’s income to date. Although radio royalties are still being generated, they could eventually level off. Songs that experience significant radio play can often build a foundation for other types of income.

For instance... streaming. You'll notice there is a shift in income in the last 12 months when it comes to streaming. Historically, streaming brought in 7% of royalties. In the last 12 months, however, streaming accounted for 37% of royalties. What’s more is those streaming royalties are increasing — up 15% over the previous four quarters. So we're seeing as the radio royalties begin to slow down, other income sources (streaming) begin to increase.

About the Royalty Distributor

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is one of four United States performing rights organizations, along with BMI, SESAC & Global Music Rights. It collects license fees from music users on behalf of songwriters, composers, and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members whose works have been performed. For more information on ASCAP’s distribution schedule, click here.

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