Tip for all the sites – generally, search on just part of a name if it’s not organized already by last name. Many searches don’t permit the entry of “Danny Smith” or “Smith, Danny” (Carlin’s site being an exception to that rule).
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Sound Recording – Money Owed Musicians
(www.sound-recording.org/money_owed_musicians.html) If it shows a login, click on “Money Owed Musicians.” Easiest to use CTRL+F to search on part of your name. If you find your name, there is a “contact the fund” link in the first paragraph.
Sag-Aftra Unclaimed Residuals – SAG only for now (www.sagaftra.org/search-unclaimed-residuals) Self-explanatory page.
SoundExchange(www.soundexchange.com/artist-copyright-owner/does-soundexchange-have-royalties-for-you/) Click on artist and then enter part of your name – the list self-populates. Warning – it often lists the names of artists who are already registered. If you see your name and you are receiving statements from SoundExchange, contact SoundExchange to make sure your account is up-to-date. If your name is listed and you are not registered, then registration is possible online.
Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund – Unclaimed Checks (https://www.fmsmf.org/musicianresources/unclaimed-checks.php) Easiest to click the list of all unclaimed checks, and use CTRL+F to search on part of your name. If you find your name, there is an “address changes” link to the left for the address update form.
Live Television/Videotape Supplemental Markets Fund – Unclaimed Checks (www.ltvf.org/musicians/unclaimed-checks.php) Easiest to use CTRL+F to search on part of your name. If you find your name, click on the “Musicians Resources” link to the left for the address update form.
AFM & SAG-AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund (afmsagaftrafund.org) Click on “unclaimed royalties” to the right. Type the first part of your last name. If you find your name, there is a link at the upper right to a performer information form.
Local 802 AFM unclaimed checks
(www.local802afm.org/member-resources/unclaimed-checks/) Click on ‘show all names’ and search for part of your name via CTRL+F. If you find your name, scroll to the bottom for 802’s phone/email contact. Even if you don’t find your name, scroll to the bottom for a list of some other stray royalties sites.
SESAC – lost affiliates
(sesac.com/WritersPublishers/FindAffiliateList.aspx) Use CTRL+F to easily search for part of your name. Click on your name to launch the affiliate information form.
CarlinAmerica – Lost Royalty Recipients List (www.carlinamerica.com/contact/royalties) Search on part of your name (format last, first) – lists only the first ten matches. You can narrow the results by entering something like “Smith, D” or even “ith, Dan” to be sure you’re finding (or not finding) your name.
Universal Music Group Lost Payee List #1 (https://www.umgroyalty.com/login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fweAreLooking.aspx) Click on “Are You Owed
Royalties?” to the left, then check both boxes and search on part of your name. If it asks about including all payees, say yes. Self-explanatory contact information.
Universal Music Group Lost Payee List #2 (http://songs.umusicpub.com/en-US/Digital-Music-Library/Royalty-Central.aspx) Search on part of your first or last name, not both (e.g. Smith or Danny but not Smith, Danny). Self-explanatory contact information.
Sony Music royalties contact information (http://royalties.sonymusic.com/) Sony does not have a searchable list. Contact them to see if they have stranded accounts.
Warner/Chappell lost royalties (http://www.warnerchappell.com/royalties) Warner does not have a searchable list. Contact them to see if they have stranded accounts.
Missing Money – state links
(http://www.missingmoney.com/Main/StateSites.cfm) Direct list of states’ unclaimed property sites. Search California and New York and Tennessee for possible stranded royalties, in addition to states in which you lived or are living. Some companies send all their lost royalties to California, regardless of where you have lived.
Harry Fox – unknown publishers
(harryfox.com/publishers/pub_lost_found.html) List of publishers for whom they need contact info. If you can help them with info, contact them via the form on this page – Contact Harry Fox (harryfox.com/find_out/contact-us.php)