What Is A Shareholder?

A shareholder is a collaborator who owns part of a creative work. In other words, someone entitled to a portion of a song's revenue. For example, shareholders include producers, songwriters and performers. Videographers, editors and engineers can also count as shareholders.

What If Multiple Collaborators Wrote the Lyrics & Melody (the "Composition")?

Not a problem! Users can have unlimited shareholders, or collaborators, on a Stem contract. As long as the sum of your splits simply equals 100 percent, our system can handle the rest. Each shareholder receives their own Stem account, so any shareholder can access and manage content they have worked on.

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

Can I Negotiate Royalty Splits Within Stem?

Our application does not currently support royalty split negotiations. Users must determine split allocation prior to content submission in the Stem application, and all shareholders must accept their splits to receive payouts. To learn more about different types of royalties, visit the Stem blog here.