Once a user is signed up, we work closely with the artist to assemble their ISRCs and collect their works into our Catalog.Exit
Our overall repertoire containing all our members registered works is licensed directly to performance outlets. The catalog is licensed in full to provide maximum value and flexibility.
To pursue a licensing agreement with Spoken Giants, or for more information on the process, please contact Jim King directly.
This is the exciting part! All the time your works are spinning, you are making money without even knowing it.
Anytime our licensees perform or duplicate your work, an official record is kept, and payments are made back to you based on our royalty distribution processes. We compute the number of performances for each work in the catalog as well as any mechanical works rights executed (the duplication of your works across DSP streaming and other forms of use).
Once we have collected your royalties, we make sure everything is order, and then disburse them back to you, the rightsholder!
Disbursements occurr quarterly, with payments covering a retrospective period of time.
After the fact, we audit your performances to make sure you're getting every cent you should. We are working hard to distribute this data back to you, to keep you in tune with what's going on.
Spoken Giants is dedicated to nurturing and maintaining relationships with comedians, podcast authors, speech writers, and other spoken word creators. Becoming a member is quick and easy, with no dues or annual fees of any kind. As a member of Spoken Giants you receive our direct and focused attention to represent and nurture your creative value - the works you create, write, practice, and deliver in multiple forms of media.
Spoken word rights fall into a set of categories, all of which are licensed and administered by Spoken Giants. Just like representatives of musical rights, we cover a large array of genres.
recordings & live performances
or other Internet talk content
composed and/or performed by yourself
of your compositions (books, papers, etc.)
Spoken Giants is dedicated to providing a high-quality repertoire to our licensees. Our organization strives to license affordably while ensuring performers are fairly compensated for their work.
You can view our step-by-step guide below, and click each step for more information.
Member Assets Registered in the Spoken Giants Catalog
Licensing Your Catalog to Performance Outlets
Licensing Royalties Collected
Tracking Performance and Duplication Counts
Below is a breakdown of copyright royalty subdivisions, beginning at the source — the work itself.
Below is a breakdown of royalty subdivisions, beginning at the source — the work itself. For a downloadable version of this chart, please use this link.
For a downloadable version of this chart, please use this link.
We are a team of forward thinking comedy managers and record label people, copyright experts that know more than we do, lawyers we are sure make more than we do, and a former bigwig of the largest music rights organization in the U.S. that knows THE TRUTH.
Songwriters make $ for WRITING a song when that song gets played on digital platforms like SiriusXM, Spotify, Pandora, and Apple. THIS IS A PROBLEM.
Comedians DO NOT make $ for WRITING a joke when that joke gets played on digital platforms like SiriusXM, Spotify, Pandora, and Apple.
The money is generated the same way and there are organizations that collect this money for musicians/ songwriters. This DID NOT EXIST in comedy -- UNTIL NOW.
In music, this is a MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR business with a lot of money flowing back to the musicians/ songwriters. Remember when we said that nobody is doing this in comedy?
Unlike in music, NOBODY is administering spoken word rights for comedy. Money is being generated in comedy just like in music.
Good question. Since comedy was not played on traditional sources like regular radio there has never been the need for a rights organization for comedy like there is in music. Now that comedy is being played A LOT on the new digital platforms like SiriusXM, Spotify, Pandora, etc. there IS A NEED FOR THIS.
Yes! We created SPOKEN GIANTS, the world’s first multi rights organization for spoken word.
Yes! It already is. We already represent tens of thousands of works for an ever-growing, diverse membership including such comedians as Mike Birbiglia, Lewis Black, Kathleen Madigan, and Kyle Kinane. We also represent estates including Don Rickles and Ralphie May!
Another great question. The answer is NO. SoundExchange pays you on the performance on the Sound Copyright of your comedy. This is paying you for being a writer of jokes. Crazy world huh?
Nope, not at all. Your material is your material. We just need the right to represent your material in the marketplace to collect these unpaid royalties.
Returning value for your protected rights is our mission. As Spoken Giants licenses the overall repertoire, we collect royalties on your behalf.
Each quarter, we process incoming reports of each work being performed, copied, or otherwise used by our licensees. We then distribute earnings back to you!