MUSIC & STREAMING ROYALTY PAYOUTS

Rights-holder friendly payouts

Finding the next big hit is challenging— keeping your global hitmakers happy shouldn't be.

Trolley streamlines workflows in an easy-to-use, end-to-end royalty payouts platform: artist onboarding, identity verification, global payouts, and tax compliance all in one place.

The best in music trust Trolley to handle payouts

We pay over 1.5 million rights holders, send over 150,000 royalty payouts every month, & file more than 200,000 artist tax forms annually.

Trolley automates tasks across the royalty journey, reducing payout times by up to 90%

Collect & verify artist info ensuring compliant onboarding

Communicate updates in 36 languages

Ingest royalties data directly to Trolley and convert them into payments

Send global payouts, define workflows & sync with your ERP

Withhold taxes where needed, generate & e-file end-of-year tax forms 

Flag & stop suspicious account activity with built-in risk management

Make onboarding artists & rights holders a breeze

Meet global compliance requirements and collect information in a single streamlined flow. Whether you use Trolley’s white-label portal, API, or embedded widget, it’s easy to collect payee bank and tax information securely.

Artist onboarding
Strengthen relationships with a best-in-class artist management experience

Strengthen relationships with a best-in-class artist management experience

Give transparency to your artists or rights holders with a real-time dashboard and communicate updates with them without lifting a finger.

Send fast & flexible payments anywhere

In a global, social-led environment, the next big artist may not live in your backyard. Trolley’s payment network spans over 210+ countries & territories, paying out in 135+ currencies—so you can pay deserving artists around the world. Pay via:

Recipients have the freedom to choose the payment methods that works best for them. Remove manual processes, technical hurdles, and make payments often, faster.

Automate tax withholding & IRS compliance

Don’t let ever-changing compliance rules be the friction that limits your growth. Trolley ensures simplified tax compliance without complications.

Manage royalty workflows in one powerful platform

Reduce payout cycles by up to three weeks by consolidating your workflows across teams. Integrate our all-in-one solution to pay artists globally and manage tax compliance, all while taking manual work and risk out of your processes. Trolley offers:

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Global payments to 210+ countries and territories.
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Tax compliance in 28 countries across the US and the EU.
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Payout workflow automation and consolidation.
Data sync with all your systems, from royalty calculators to ERPs.
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Identity verification, business verification, and risk management.
Top-notch customer support.

Trust & bank-level security baked in at every step

Sleep easy knowing we’re following the highest global standards for managing customer funds and data.

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A dev-friendly platform to build advanced royalty tools on

Trolley scales with your business and lets you build a payout experience tailored to your artists.

Empower your partners & business managers with the tools and access they need

Aggregate payout systems across all your businesses, partners, agencies, and managers within one platform. Leverage your scale to reduce costs or even earn additional revenues.

All Gain, No Pain:

Music Distribution Platform Soundrop Gets Tax Compliant With Trolley

Getting songs onto platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, and TikTok is difficult for independent artists to do by themselves. Working with a distributor makes this much easier, but not all digital distributors are created equal—they can leave artists on the hook with subscription payments or paying fees to receive their hard-earned royalties.

Morgan Levy's Soundrop testimonial

Try the platform that pays over 1.5 million musicians worldwide

Learn why the industry’s best trust Trolley.

Trust FAQ’s

Trolley makes paying royalties easy. Simply import your artist payment details from your royalty management software, ERP, or create recipients manually. Then, you can generate single and batch payments manually, with CSV imports, ERP imports, or API integrations and pay your artists in the method of their choice. With our payment network spanning over 210 countries and territories, you can pay deserving artists around the world in 135+ currencies.
In Trolley, you can set up royalty payments in 3 simple steps:

  1. First, you’ll need to activate your Trolley account.
  2. Once your account is active, add funds to your account.
  3. Lastly, import recipient and payment details or just enter your recipients’ email addresses and let them provide their own details.
Now you’re ready to send royalty payments!
Royalty payments are typically taxable income in most jurisdictions. Whether you’re sending royalties from intellectual property, such as patents, copyrights, or trademarks, or from resources like oil, gas, or minerals, they’re generally subject to taxation. The tax treatment can vary depending on your country’s tax laws and the specific circumstances of the royalty payment. US-sourced royalty income must be reported to the IRS, regardless of the recipient’s country of residence. Trolley Tax automates the collection of recipient info, generation of jurisdiction-specific forms, and makes e-filing with the IRS a breeze, reducing your burden of compliance. For a deeper explanation of IRS taxation for music payouts, check out IRS royalties blog post.
The taxation of royalty payments can vary depending on several factors, including the type of royalty income, the jurisdiction, and any relevant tax treaties.
Here’s a general overview:

  • Income tax: Royalty income is often considered ordinary income and is subject to income tax at the applicable tax rate.
  • Withholding tax: Some jurisdictions impose withholding tax on royalty payments made to non-residents. The withholding rate can vary depending on tax treaties between countries.
  • Capital gains tax: If your artist sells the rights to an intellectual property and realizes a capital gain, the gain may be subject to capital gains tax instead of ordinary income tax. The tax treatment of capital gains can be different from ordinary income tax rates.
Yes. If you are subscribed to our Tax product, Trolley will generate tax forms accounting for all the payments you have made through the financial year. These include Forms 1099-MISC, 1099-NEC, and 1042-S. When it comes times to e-file with the IRS, you can do so directly in Trolley with just a few clicks.
Yes, you can import your existing royalty payments into Trolley. You can also import your rights holders’ banking details so you don’t have to ask them to fill out the same forms again.
Trolley comes with built-in payment tracking so you can pinpoint exactly where the payment is and by when it will hit the artist’s account. We also have automatic return handling to give you total peace of mind over the money in motion.
Splits are calculated in advance using royalty calculators or CSV files. Trolley then uses the data from these files to determine the amounts to be paid out. Additionally, we provide a memo field for each payment line item, allowing you to display the split calculation for your artist.
Trolley doesn’t create royalty statements; we receive royalty data through royalty calculators or manual CSV uploads. However, we do send payment notifications, and for Tax subscribers, we generate consolidated earning tax forms for your artists at the end of the year.
Trolley Tax covers all countries for payouts sourced from the US. When a new recipient onboards, we collect all the necessary info for jurisdiction-specific tax forms before you’ve even made a payment. Tax forms are auto-validated and re-triggered whenever forms expire.