What is a Performing Rights Organization? There are 3 major Performing Rights Organizations here in the US. ASCAP, BMI, SESAC. Let’s talk about them individually and talk about some of their differences. Finally, I’ve talked about the PRO’s here in the states but lots of you folks live in other countries and there will be the equivalent of these PRO’s in your country.
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- Let's start with the folks who collect…those performance royalties.…They are referred to as Performing Rights Organizations…or PROs as we like to say in the business.…What is a performing rights organization?…A PRO is a society responsible for collecting income…on behalf of songwriters and music publishers…when a song is publicly broadcast.…They're the one's that track down all that money…from television plays, radio plays, plays on the internet,…inside those restaurants, at the concerts,…or anywhere else you hear music.…
Those licensees pay fees to these PROs…who in turn pay their registered songwriters and publishers.…There are three main PROs here in the United States.…First ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC.…Let's talk about them individually…and we can talk about some of the differences.…ASCAP was started back in 1914.…ASCAP has over 470,000 members…composed of composers, songwriters,…lyricists, and music publishers.…
It has offices in all the major music hubs around the world.…It'll cost you fifty dollars to join ASCAP as an artist…
In this Insider's Guide to Today's Music Biz, Steve Rennie explains what you'll need to know about music publishing to turn your songs into money. He'll talk about copyrights and their value, and why music publishing is important to a successful artist's career.
He also talks about the main sources of publishing income: what they are, who pays, and how much you get. He explains the difference between performing rights organizations and music publishers and how to find and make publishing deals. Start with the first lesson, which explains how a dollar of publishing income is split between the songwriter and publisher.