Posted by Glen Sears | July 28, 2015 8:24 am | No Comments
Performing rights organizations, or PROs, are societies responsible for collecting income on behalf of songwriters and music publishers when a song is publicly broadcast. This includes live covers, radio plays, television plays, internet radio services like Pandora, streaming services like Spotify, restaurants or bars, nightclubs, and any other public performance. All these users pay the associated PRO a fee, which the PROs then pay to their registered songwriters.
For a comparison of performing rights organizations, click here.
Given the different processes in digital music, PROs have different distribution schedules. Many times payments will be remitted as much as two quarters following the performance. We’ve taken the liberty of combining all 3 U.S. PRO payment schedules here:
ASCAP, an organization owned and run by its members, is the leading U.S. Performing Rights Organization representing over 540,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers.
|2015 DATES||TYPE||PERFORMANCE PERIOD|
|April 6, 2015||Domestic Writers||July, August & September 2014 (3Q14)|
|May 11, 2015||International Distribution|
|June 19, 2015||Domestic Publishers||October, November & December 2014 (4Q14)|
|July 6, 2015||Domestic Writers||October, November & December 2014 (4Q14)|
|August 10, 2015||International Distribution|
|September 18, 2015||Domestic Publishers||January, February & March 2015 (1Q15)|
|October 5, 2015||Domestic Writers||January, February & March 2015 (1Q15)|
|November 9, 2015||International Distribution|
|December 18, 2015||Domestic Publishers||April, May & June 2015 (2Q15)|
BMI is the bridge between songwriters and the businesses and organizations that want to play their music publicly. As a global leader in music rights management, BMI serves as an advocate for the value of music, representing more than 8.5 million musical works created and owned by more than 650,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers.
|PERFORMANCES BETWEEN||ENTERED BY||PAYMENT|
|October 1, 2013 – March 31, 2014||June 30, 2014||September 2014|
|January 1, 2014 – June 30, 2014||September 30, 2014||January 2015|
|April 1, 2014 – September 30, 2014||December 21, 2014||March 2015|
|July 1, 2014 – December 31, 2014||March 31, 2015||June 2015|
|October 1, 2014 – March 31, 2015||June 30, 2015||September 2015|
SESAC currently licenses the public performances of more than 400,000 songs on behalf of its 30,000 affiliated songwriters, composers and music publishers.
Domestic Royalty Payments
|PERFORMANCES OCCURRING BETWEEN||ARE DISTRIBUTED ON OR AROUND|
|January 1 – March 31 (Qtr 1)||June 30|
|April 1- June 30 (Qtr 2)||September 30|
|July 1 – September 30 (Qtr 3)||December 31|
|October 1 – December 31 (Qtr 4)||March 31 (next year)|
Foreign Royalty Payments
|ROYALTIES RECEIVED FROM FOREIGN||ARE DISTRIBUTED ON OR AROUND|
|January 1 – March 31||September 30|
|April 1- June 30||December 31|
|July 1 – September 30||March 31 (next year)|
|October 1 – December 31||June 30 (next year)|
Monthly Radio Royalty Payments
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