Join Bobby Owsinski for an in-depth discussion in this video How to register your songs with the performance rights organizations (PROs), part of Selling Music: MP3s, Streams, and CDs.
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…Every songwriter should be registered with one of the…Performance Rights Organizations, or PRO, like ASCAP, BMI or SESAC.…Just like digital platforms, no one is necessarily better than…another, and many writers have publishing companies registered in all three.…Publishing is an in-depth subject that's worth a course of its own,…so we won't get into the details here, but suffice to say…that you won't get paid song writing royalties for downloads, radio, or…television plays, unless your songs are registered to one of the PROs.…
All PROs registration forms are fairly similar, so we won't go over that here.…What we will cover is, a number of mistakes that members…make when registering a song, that keeps them from getting paid.…Let's take a look at them.…The first one is all the writers, and…publishers, and their correct shares, are not listed.…Even if you're not named on the initial registration, you can be added later,…but doing so takes time and will hold up any royalties owed to you.…Any alternate titles, like those used for some music libraries, are not listed.…
Next he moves into the digital realm, giving an overview of the digital music services and players available. Bobby shows how giving away some of your music can actually lead to more sales, and how to set the price point for your music. He discusses the importance of metadata and registering your songs with performance rights organizations to ensure you get paid when your music is played on the radio, TV, or the Internet. Finally, Bobby wraps up by explaining how to submit your music to the largest online services, including Spotify, Pandora, and iTunes.