AARC has ceased operations as of September 2021. SoundExchange will begin collecting and distributing domestic and foreign private copying royalties in 2022.

AARC was a non-profit US royalty collective protecting the worldwide hometaping  (private copy), rental, and lending rights for featured recording artists and sound recording copyright owners (record labels).  Although a US organization, AARC did represent featured artists and copyright owners residing all over the world.

AARC provided a music royalty, generated by the sales of devices and media such as blank CDs, personal audio devices, automobile systems, media centers, and satellite radio devices that have music recording capabilities, to its 500,000+ participants worldwide.

How To Collect

This music royalty stream is now collected and administered by SoundExchange.

SoundExchange pays out private copy and record rentals royalties directly to the artist and directly to the record label (Sound Recording Copyright Owner).

Fees: It is free to affiliate with SoundExchange, you can affiliate with SoundExchange as a Performer, Sound Recording Copyright Owner or both.

Did this answer your question?