How Much Does It Cost to Use Stem?

Stem takes 5 percent. That's it.

What Are ISRCs? Where Do I Get One? Do I Need One??

"ISRC" stands for International Standard Recording Code. ISRCs create a global system that helps identify sound recordings.

If you have digital distribution, you already have an ISRC. However, if you are struggling to find your ISRCs, you can likely obtain them by contacting your distributor. Stem can assign ISRCs to any track distributed through our system.

SoundScan tracks ISRCs for potential Billboard charting. Additionally, the RIAA monitors ISRCs when calculating album equivalents.


What Are the Per-Stream Royalty Rates for Music Streaming Services?

Per-stream royalty rates typically vary from platform to platform and even within the same service. For instance, rates can shift depending on the ads served against your content. Additionally, the number of streams a user accumulates can effect the rate. The same goes for the subscriber pool a platform has in a given month.

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.

I Don't Have A PayPal Account. Can Stem Pay Me Via Direct Deposit?

Don't worry! Stem is able to remit payments via ACH Direct Deposit or PayPal. Users can receive payments via either method of fund transfer.