THE 10 COMMANDMENTS OF HOW TO PROTECT YOUR MUSIC...
STEP - 3
Question? WHY DO I NEED A PERFORMANCE RIGHTS SOCIETY?
ASCAP - SESAC - BMI - GEMA - SOCAN - JASRAC - SACEM - Etc......
* As a writer you can only be a member of one performance rights society.
You "MUST" Become a member of a performing rights society (ASCAP, SESAC, BMI). You will need to do this in order to receive your writer and publisher royalties. Once you are a member (writer and publisher) you will index your songs on line with the performance rights society. I happen to be a member at ASCAP. Below you will find information for all three societies and you should review all three to see which one suits you the best.
ASCAP - You can sign up online (Writer and Publisher) at http://ascap.com/join/ once you have done this “index” all your songs! If you need help with getting started you can call them up or send an email and ask your questions! Remember be professional, courteous and respectful. ASCAP is owned by its members and there are some extra benefits available at nominal fees like equipment insurance, health insurance etc.
Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) - You can sign up online (Writer and Publisher) at http://bmi.com/join/ once you have done this “index” all your songs If you need help with getting started call them up or send an email and ask your questions! Remember be professional, courteous and respectful.
SESAC – You can contact them by telephone or email them directly. Ask questions and remember to be professional, courteous and respectful.
*PLEASE NOTE - Registering songs with a society DOES NOT COPYRIGHT your work! Copyright is entirely separate from performing rights societies.
After you copyright your music PA (if you are the songwriter(s) and SR forms (SR if you plan to release it on your label) then be sure to index your songs with your performance rights society or they cannot collect your writing and publishing royalties - You must INDEX your work under your writer and publishing company affiliate numbers (given to you after you joined as a member(s).
PA Form = Performing Arts / protects your intellectual property as the creator of the work.
SR Form = Sound Recording / protects that specific recorded version you are submitting for copyright. This is usually done by the record label releasing the single or album.
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