As a music publisher or songwriter, it’s important to register with performing rights organizations (PROs) in order to collect royalties for the public performance of your music. PROs act as intermediaries between songwriters and publishers and the users of their music, such as radio stations, TV networks, live venues, and streaming services. They collect performance royalties on behalf of their members and distribute them to the appropriate parties.
Some of the most well-known PROs include:
- ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers): ASCAP is one of the largest PROs in the world and represents over 1 million music creators.
- BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.): BMI represents over 1 million songwriters, composers, and music publishers and is one of the largest PROs in the United States.
- SESAC: SESAC is a smaller PRO that represents a more selective group of songwriters and publishers, but offers personalized service and flexible licensing options.
- Global Rights: Global Rights represents songwriters, publishers and composers in over 60 countries and offers a global perspective on music rights and royalties.
- SoundExchange: SoundExchange is a PRO that specializes in collecting performance royalties for sound recordings, including digital streaming and satellite radio services.
It’s important to note that each PRO has its own membership requirements and procedures, and you may be required to choose between them. It’s also a good idea to do your research and compare the services, fees, and distribution methods of each PRO before making a decision. A music lawyer or industry professional can also provide guidance and help you make an informed decision.