How to Run a Period & Create Statements

When you have set up your payees & contracts, entered your catalogue, and uploaded sales files & costs, you are ready to run a period & produce some statements! Please watch our introduction on how to create a Period below. We provide notes and further reading below the video.

How to Run a Period & Create Statements

To get started, go to the Period page under your Statements directory and hit the +Create button on the top right of your page to create a new Period. You will be taken to a setup page with two tabs. The first, Setup, to enter top line info about the period; the second, Included Income, where you select which income reports to include.


Name your Period – This Period name will display on your statements and on the Transactions tab of your Contracts. Please make sure your Period name is descriptive, clean & consistent with your previous Periods.
Select the Accounting Period Type – Curve will only create a statement for the Contracts that have a matching Accounting Period Type. A Monthly Contract will not be included in your Half-Yearly run, for example. More info
Specify the Year & Accounting Period – Which year and semester/quarter/month are these royalties for? These abbreviations will be displayed across the statements and artist portal.
Choose a Start & End Date for your Period – The Start Date picks up the Opening Balance from the transaction tab on the contracts & the End Date posts the closing balance. Only transactions (such as payments & advances) that fall within this timezone will be part of the Statement Of Account. More info
Choose an Accounting Date – This date will be displayed on the Self-Bill invoices and ideally matches the day you intend to publish your statements.
If you have Contracts in multiple currencies, provide Exchange Rates (✪ Multicurrency) - If you have Contracts in a currency different to your Home Currency, you will need to provide a currency exchange rate from your Home Currency to this alternative currency. If all Contracts are set in your Home Currency, then you are not required to provide any Exchange Rates. More info

Included Income

Include all the Income Files for which you want to account a royalty - Via the Included Income tab of your Period setup, you will be presented with the Income files that you can include in this run. When you first land on the page, the Included Income section will be empty and all your uploaded Income file will automatically be listed in the Excluded Income section. The goal is to move over all Income files you wish to include in this period to the Included Income section.

A simple way to select your desired Income files is by filtering on the Target Period. For this reason, it is best practice to always complete your Target Period field and do so in a consistent manner when uploading Income. Once you are happy all your required Income statements are displaying in the Included Income for this period, hit the Calculate button at the foot of the page.

Your period will now go off calculate. Clicking back into it will show you its progress, but it is not necessary to keep your browser open for this calculation to complete.

After Your Period Has Finished Processing

Review the Unreported Income CSV – Any Income that is not successfully reported will be flagged with you in the Unreported CSV. These files can be downloaded via the Download button on the top right of your Period. More info

Additionally, Curve will flag these unreported sales via the Fixed Report for the Unreported Sales . To download your Fixed Report for the Unreported Sales, please go to Data > Reports and hit the +Create button at the top right of the screen. Then you'd need to select the Fixed Report format. More Info

We'd advice to always consult both reports for greater detail.

Income can be unreported for four possible reasons. (1) There is no Contract attached to the Work, (2) the contract is inactive, (3) the contract does not have a matching Income term, (4) there was no calculation input, such as a missing Gross Amount.

Once you have resolved the underlying cause of the unreported income, you will need to reprocess the Period or individual Statement for these Income flush through to the statement. The Unreported CSV file is updated in this process. Your goal is to get the total lines in this CSV down to zero.
Review your Statement Output – It is best practice to review your output, to make sure any oversights in your setup are ruled out. You can run Reports to analyse your Included Income data; for example to check all royalty lines have a Source and Sub Source with consistent spelling. More info
Archive your Income Files – Archiving your included Income will hide these from your Income page. This will keep your Income page tidy, and will make it clear to you that these Income no longer need to be included in an upcoming royalty Period. You can Archive all included Income in bulk via your Period. More info
Lock your Period – Once you have reviewed your statements and are happy with your output, you can Lock the Period. This marks the Period as done and will make it impossible for you or anyone else to reprocess the Period or individual statements, or to reingest any included income files. Though, if necessary, you can at any time unlock the Period again and make further changes if that would be required. More info

Your Period is now done! In our next and final chapter, we will show you how to give your artists access to their Curve portal & how to deliver your statements.
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