Mapping Sales Directly to a Contract
The standard methodology for Curve is to map sales lines to a Track or Release, which in turn is linked to a Contract to flow revenues through & create royalty statements. However, it is possible to link a sales line directly to a Contract.
Use the Contract Identifier in the Template to Map Sales to a Contract
In your Template, which instructs Curve how to read the sales data, the Contract Identifier field can reference which Contract your sales line should map to.
Map the Alias to a Contract
Next, you can import your sales file. If the Contract Identifier value in the sales data matches exactly the name of your Contract, the line will be automatically allocated to the contract; if the value isn't an exact match to a Contract name, the Mapping Manager will flag this value and ask you to map it to a Contract. Any mapped Contract Identifiers will be stored on the Alias tab of your Contracts.
After you have mapped the Contract Identifiers to a Contract and your sales are done ingesting, you can see your sales lines are mapped to a Contract.
Review the Cat Type of Your Sales Lines
Your sales lines their Cat Type can either be set to Track, Release or Contract. When a sales line is mapped to just a Contract (and not a Track nor Release), then the Cat Type will by default be set to Contract. Though mapping a sales line to a Contract doesn't prevent that sales line from also mapping to a Track or Release. If a sales line is mapped to both a Contract and a Track/Release, then the Cat Type will by default be set to Track or Release; which means, in addition to the sales flowing to the Contract directly mapped to sales line, the sales can still flow via the Contracts assigned to the mapped Tracks or Releases.
Cat Type equals Track - The royalties will flow via the Contracts assigned on the Rights tab of the Track. If the sales line is also mapped to a Contract, then the participation rate of this Contract will be defaulted to 100 (though this does not prevent the sales to also flow via the Contracts directly listed on the Track's Rights tab)
Cat Type equals Release - The royalties will flow via the Contracts assigned on the Rights tab of the Release. If the sales line is also mapped to a Contract, then the participation rate of this Contract will be defaulted to 100 (though this does not prevent the sales to also flow via the Contracts directly listed on the Release's Rights tab)
Cat Type equals Contract - The royalties will solely flow via the Contract mapped directly to the sales line with a participation rate of 100. Even if the sales line is also assigned to a Track or Release, the Contracts assigned to this respective Track or Release will not receive a royalty.
You can review the Cat Type of your sales lines, and which Release/Track/Contract your sales line is mapped to, as per below.
If you want to force the Cat Type to equal Contract, so that the sales solely flow via the Contract directly assigned to the sales line and are prevented from flowing via the Contracts assigned to the Track or Release, you can do the following:
- Make sure the sales lines are only mapped to a Contract, and not to a Track nor Release. Simply making sure the template does not pick up an ISRC or Cat No/Barcode will guarantee the sales line is not mapped to a Track or Release.
- Or, you can force the Cat Type to update to Contract via a calculation in your template, even when the sales lines are additionally mapped to a Track or Release.