Performing Rights
Courtesy of Independent Artist Network.   One of the most often asked questions in the music business involves Performing Rights Organizations (PROs) like ASCAP, BMI, or SESAC.   "What are performing rights organizations, why should I join one, and which is the best to join?"     What are PROs?   PROs collect the royalties due to artists for public performance of their copyrighted works. This includes radio and TV performance, use in other forms of media, and...

Articles

Courtesy of Music First Coalition.   What is the Performance Rights Act? Every time you stop the dial to listen to an artist's distinctive voice, radio stations make money by selling...
By Robert Brode, courtesy of Artist House Music.org   We continue our series on artists’ assets. The series began with Artists House founder, and Grammy Award winning producer, John Snyder...
By Robert Brode, courtesy of Artist House Music.org   We continue our series on artists’ assets. The series began with Artists House founder, and Grammy Award winning producer, John Snyder...
By George Howard, courtesy of Artists House Music.org   In many bands there is either a single songwriter or a songwriting “team.” This archetype was established early — Jagger...

Downloadable Documents

Courtesy of Music First Coalition. Big corporate radio fails adequately to serve minority communities or to present diverse viewpoints relevant to local communities. Importantly, ALL of the artist-...
Courtesy of Music First Coalition. 4 page download includes chart summary of Royalty Rate and Exemptions for Public and Commercial Broadcasters which cite the Performance Rights Act S.379 & H.R....

Media

Ashley Miller,  Vice President of SESAC a performing rights organization located in the West Coast, discusses the benefits of the performing rights organizations gives to an artist and the role...

Resource Links

  What Is ASCAP? The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 427,000 U.S. composers, songwriters, lyricists, and music publishers...
Formed in 1939 as a non-profit-making performing right organization, BMI was the first to offer representation to songwriters of blues, country, jazz, r&b, gospel, folk, Latin and, ultimately,...
  Performing rights organizations (there are three of us in the U.S.) are businesses designed to represent songwriters and publishers and their right to be compensated for having their music...