Eligibility for corporate membership in the Recording Industry Association of America, as described in the association's bylaws, is open to legitimate record companies with main offices in the United States that are engaged in the production and sale, under their own brand label, of recordings of performances for home use. Eligibility is not extended to companies that are currently engaged in, have within five years of application been engaged in, or are controlled by any person, firm or corporation which has within 5 years of application been engaged in the unauthorized creation, duplication, sale, importation, or other use of sound recordings in violation of state or federal law. The RIAA does not offer individual or associate memberships.
Information about RIAA membership application process is available on this web site or by telephoning the RIAA and asking for the membership applications voicemail.
RIAA Member Services
Submit the signed, completed application, a signed confidentiality agreement, and a product sample (one or two pieces of finished product, already in, or ready to enter, the distribution chain). Product must comply with applicable "true name and address" guidelines, as noted on the membership application.
The application process takes approximately 45 days. Your application will be reviewed by various operating units within the RIAA to assure your company's eligibility for membership.
If you are approved for membership, you will receive an approval letter and a sales declaration form, to be returned to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC). PWC will calculate your dues based on your gross revenues/market share. Dues payments are to be submitted in confidence to PWC, not the RIAA. You will officially be an RIAA member once you've submitted the sales declaration form, are billed by PWC, and have paid your dues.
If approved, you will also receive a committee participation form, describing the RIAA committee structure and asking you to designate representatives to committees of interest to your company.
Benefits of membership:
• Complimentary access to RIAA’s U.S. recording industry revenue database, which includes total year-end shipment and revenue statistics for the recorded music industry in the United States going back to 1973. There users can view, compare, and export historical year-end U.S. revenue statistics.
• Discounted rates on Gold & Platinum Program certifications. The charge for individual certifications is $350 for RIAA member companies, while non-members are charged $450 per certification, which must be pre-paid.
• Utilizing a variety of tactics and tools, our anti-piracy staff works tirelessly to protect the copyrights of our member labels. For example, our expert online piracy teams constantly monitors the illegal trading of copyrighted songs on the Internet and send tens of millions of “takedown notices” for unauthorized songs, to the illegal sites and services themselves, and to search engines, ISPs, and a variety of other online intermediaries.
• Inclusion in riaa.com’s listing of member companies.