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FAQ: When Will My Performing Rights Organization Pay Me?

Posted by Glen Sears | July 28, 2015 8:24 am | No Comments

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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

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)

Source: http://www.ascap.com/members/payment/distribution.aspx

BMI

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

Source: http://www.bmi.com/faq/entry/how_often_is_this_paid_out

SESAC

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
Radio-Payments-Schedule
Source: http://www.sesac.com/WritersPublishers/HowWePay/GeneralInfo.aspx

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