Scale with Stem—
Artist-centric advances.

It’s simple: Your music is already making you money. Get cash up-front with Scale, then use it for whatever you need while retaining full ownership.

See how Scale can work for you ↡

Scale has allowed me to fund my ideas without signing to a label. I have full control and freedom with my music and don’t need to worry about any deadlines.

Billy Lemos

  • You Set the Terms
    Fine tune the advance size and the payback speed to land on the right fee for your business. Scale advances are flexible to grow with you.
  • Keep What’s Yours
    We won’t ever claim ownership of your music or dictate how you use the advance.
  • Goodbye Complicated Math
    Your advance fee is customized for your business’ needs. The total payback amount is the advance amount plus the advance fee. No interest here.
  • More Money in your Pocket
    A Scale advance isn’t income so you only pay taxes on what you make.

Scale Calculator—

Outline the terms of your advance and estimate payback.*





Choose the % of your monthly earnings that you can commit towards paying off the advance.


Total Advance Fee

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Total Payback Amount



No, this is not a loan. The main difference between a standard business loan and a Scale advance, is payback. With a loan, the monthly payment is consistent and predetermined with interest. With a Scale advance, the monthly payment is a fixed percentage of your future monthly earnings. This leaves you with earnings even in your low months, and there’s no risk of paying out of pocket.

No, we do not run credit checks when you apply for a Scale advance.

No, we take your current splits into account when we model your advance, and lock splits once an advance is initiated. Your shareholders will continue to be paid out via Stem on a monthly basis.

Scale advances are not loans and are not technically income.

For a more detailed answer, Stem recommends that you consult your accountant, business manager, or another tax advisor. Stem does not provide tax, financial, or legal advice and this information is not intended to be tax, financial, or legal advice.

With a Scale advance, artists will own 100% of their master and only pay Stem’s low distribution fee. This is compared to almost all distribution or label deals that require that you give up a percent of recording revenue for all releases, even after you recoup 100%.

Location: A Scale advance is only available to creators (independent artists and labels, songwriters, producers) in the USA, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Income: While there is no specific minimum income, a Scale advance is best for creative businesses that are earning $2,500 or more from digital sound recording earnings a month.

Distribution: If you are not already earning digital sound recording royalties through Stem, you must agree to transfer your catalog to Stem before an advance can be issued. If you are locked into a contract or if you’d like to initiate a catalog transfer, contact us to learn more about how this works and how we can help.

If you are a Stem Direct Member, you’ll need Administrator/Owner/Uploader rights on your catalog and fully accepted splits on all content in your catalog.

If you don’t currently have your music on Stem, you’ll need the ability to transfer some content to Stem and to provide earnings statements covering the last 6 months.

Yes. If you are not already a Stem Direct Member, you can apply here.

Our Scale advance fee is based on your average monthly digital streaming earnings, the size of the advance requested, and how quickly you want to pay the advance back. The fee will be smaller if you decide to contribute a higher percentage of your future monthly earnings. The fee will be higher if you decide to pay us back slower. It’s entirely up to you!

The Scale advance fee is calculated for you up-front, and is clearly communicated when you take an advance.

In 5 days or more.

If you currently have your catalog on Stem (ie: a Stem Direct membership), we can issue you Scale advance as soon as 5 business days. After you submit your application, give us a few days to verify that you don’t have any pending splits, and to double-check your average monthly earnings. Once approved, it takes a few more business days for the advance amount to hit your bank account.

If your music isn’t currently on Stem, it takes us a little longer to learn about your business in order to properly offer you terms and on-board you onto Stem.

Every Scale advance recipient is required to connect a bank account to Stem (account and routing information). Once the connection is verified, we’ll disburse your advance and provide repayment balances every month.

This is the easy part — we do all the heavy lifting! When you agree to an advance, you lock in a payback contribution percentage. Every month, we’ll deduct that percent from your regular earnings and pay you the rest.

Repayment statements will be emailed to you on a monthly basis until repayment statements are available in the Stem app.

Yes, it is possible for an advance to be paid off earlier than expected if your future earnings are higher than we anticipated! In fact, this is what Scale is all about and what ends up happening to many Scale advancees. We also support the option to payback the advance early.

With a Scale advance, it’s up to you to invest the cash in ways that’ll grow your business. If your future earnings exceed our original projections, you’ll pay it off faster and be eligible for another advance.

After your advance is fully paid back, your account with Stem will return to normal. In the last month of the advance, you’ll pay back whatever is remaining. The following month, you’ll go back to retaining 100% of your net earnings. You’ll be eligible for another advance based off of your latest earnings history!

There is none! If you’re having a hard time understanding the logistics or the possible implications of taking a Stem advance, talk to your account manager about setting up a meeting.