Does Stem Collect Publishing Royalties?

Yes, we do! Stem can collect U.S. mechanical royalties from YouTube views & iTunes downloads, and we plan to integrate with more platforms in the near future. The result? More publishing royalties for our users.

If I Give Stem All of My Assets & Metadata, Can You Upload My Content for Me?

No, Stem does not manually upload user content. Users must enter all required metadata information (e.g. correct song title). Additionally, users must provide all required assets (e.g. properly formatted single artwork). Finally, users must click "Submit" for Stem to then distribute to streaming platforms.  

I Have A Very Important Release & Need It to Go Live Sooner Than the Required Five Business Days. Can Stem Rush My Release for Me?

Stem cannot rush releases to the platforms. It is the responsibility of the uploader to make sure they are allowing enough time for their content to go live on the platforms.

Can I Edit My Splits & Metadata After Uploading to Stem?

Yes, users can edit their metadata. However, we suggest that all shareholders have agreed to their splits before uploading. Our system reverts a contract to 'Pending' when the content uploader edits splits. As a result, all shareholders must accept their splits again. This can postpone payment for at least one month. If you would like to edit your content, please email [email protected].

Do All Shareholders Need to Accept Their Splits for Stem to Distribute My Content?

Stem will distribute content after users finish uploading it. However, our consensus-based payment model requires split acceptance from all shareholders before anyone receives earnings. 

If it takes some time for all shareholders to accept their splits, don't worry! Stem indefinitely keeps earnings safe until content owners approve their percentages. To learn more about what to do after your music hits the internet, click here

How Often Does Stem Receive Streaming Data From the Music Platforms?

Stem believes data helps guide decisions. We receive streaming data from the platforms every 30-60 days. We refresh Stem on the 5th of each month with any new data that we have received.

When Can I Expect to Receive Payouts From Stem?

Stem payouts occur on the 15th of each month, assuming you have entered your payment information correctly. Your Stem account balance must meet the minimum threshold of 50 USD to receive your payout.

How Long Does It Take for YouTube Uploads to Post to My Channel?

Stem does not support video uploads through our system. Instead, we deliver Art Tracks to your channel and send audio-only assets to Content ID, which both deliver the moment you click "Submit." Art Tracks release publicly, whereas audio assets live privately in the ContentID database. Users handle traditional YouTube uploads (such as music videos) themselves.

Do Stem and YouTube ContentID Collect Money Generated by the Views on My Own Videos?

Yes! With YouTube ContentID, you can choose to monetize or block any video that contains your original music, regardless of channel. Stem lets you decide whether to activate this service when you upload audio assets to our system. ContentID then uses those assets to detect infringement. Additionally, Stem collects earnings from views/streams on Art Tracks that you set up via our platform.

Does Stem Help Me Collect YouTube Revenue?

We sure do! It's easy to collect YouTube revenue when you use Stem. We work with YouTube's ContentID system to let you monetize or block videos. ContentID knows when a visual contains the audio assets you uploaded to our platform.

For instance, if you share a music video to your channel that contains the sound recording and/or composition you provided Stem, we help you make money from that video. Each month, we collect those earnings and send them back to you. It's that easy.

If someone else uploads a video that features your sound recording and/or composition, we detect the infringement and let you decide whether to block that content or monetize it.