Sound Recording Royalties: Electronic Dance Music

Collect sales and streaming royalties from a catalog of EDM music from electronic music labels Abducted Records and Abducted LTD.


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Top Bid: Joseph D

Historic royalty income is no indication of future royalty income. Future royalty income is dependent upon future sales and licensing revenue generated by the sound recordings or compositions associated with this listing.

Starting Price: $12,000
Bidding Increment: $500
Closing Price: $17,000
End Date: Aug 02, 2017, 3:00 PM MDT
Investment Term: At least 26 years
50% of Last 12 Months' Royalties: $3,925
Royalty Type: Sales and Streaming
First Payment: November 2017
Buyer Fees: None


This is a unique chance to earn a label's share of sound recording royalties. Up for auction is 50% of sound recording royalties for a catalog of music from two electronic labels, Abducted Records and Abducted LTD. In the last 12 months, 50% of the earnings from sales and streaming came to $3,925.

This diverse catalog is made up of over 1,000 sound recordings from more than 150 different artists in the Drum & Bass, Dubstep, and Rock genres. This means the success of this catalog isn't based on one particular artist or recording. Symphonic Distribution distributes these recordings in digital music outlets like Beatport, iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, Amazon, and more. Anytime a fan or DJ downloads or streams one of these recordings from any of these outlets, you earn royalties.

Started in 2008, Abducted Records has established itself as one of the pioneer labels in the world of Electronic Dance Music. Abducted has worked with and helped launch the careers of hundreds of artists across the globe. Focusing primarily on Dubstep and Drum & Bass, they recently expanded into Rock music as well.

Key Drivers

This is the opportunity to profit like a record label without having to do record label work. The distribution is already established with Symphonic Distribution in outlets like Beatport, iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, Amazon, and more.

Mid-year music consumption reports show that last year's streaming surge is continuing well into 2017. Both BuzzAngle and Nielsen reports found that overall music streaming (both free and paid) reached record highs, with 179.8 billion streams so far this year. That's up 58.5% over 2016. Paid streaming grew even more, at 69.3% over 2016, and now accounting for 78.6% of all music streams.

Important Note

The investment term is “at least 26 years” because U.S. copyright law gives artists and songwriters the right to terminate a copyright assignment after 35 years. The first copyright assignment to the seller took place in 2008, so the various artists in this catalog will have the right to terminate copyright assignments beginning in 2043. Click here to learn more about copyright termination

What is being sold?

50% of the seller's interest in all royalties from any source generated by streams and downloads of the sound recordings listed in the “Financials” tab. Sources include Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Napster, Deezer, Pandora, Amazon, and Beatport. Royalties are currently administered by Symphonic Distribution.

How does this asset make money?

Every time a recording in this catalog is streamed or downloaded on Beatport, iTunes, Spotify, etc. you earn money. Royalties will be distributed quarterly by Symphonic Distribution and the first payment you will receive is in November 2017.

What rights are included?

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

About the Royalty Distributor

Symphonic Distribution is a digital music distribution company launched in late 2006. Symphonic Distribution delivers music from independent record labels and musicians to online retailers such as Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Napster, Deezer, Pandora, Amazon, Beatport and more. Today, the company distributes music to hundreds of retail and streaming platforms for over 10,000 record labels and artists worldwide while maintaining a personalized approach to distribution.

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