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Performance Rights Organization

BMI is a performing right organization: It collects license fees on behalf of its songwriters, composers and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members whose works have been performed. As a performing right organization, BMI issues licenses to various users of music, including television and radio stations and networks; new media, including the Internet and mobile technologies such as ringtones and ringbacks; satellite audio services like XM and Sirius; nightclubs, discos, hotels, bars, restaurants and other venues; digital jukeboxes; and live concerts. It then tracks public performances of its members' music, and collects and distributes licensing revenues for those performances as royalties to the more than 300,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers it represents, as well as the thousands of creators from around the world who have chosen BMI for representation in the U.S.
ASCAP is a membership association of more than 285,000 U.S. composers, songwriters, lyricists, and music publishers of every kind of music. Through agreements with affiliated international societies, ASCAP also represents hundreds of thousands of music creators worldwide. ASCAP is the only U.S. performing rights organization created and controlled by composers, songwriters and music publishers, with a Board of Directors elected by and from the membership. ASCAP protects the rights of its members by licensing and distributing royalties for the non-dramatic public performances of their copyrighted works. ASCAP's licensees encompass all who want to perform copyrighted music publicly. ASCAP makes giving and obtaining permission to perform music simple for both creators and users of music.
SESAC was founded in 1930, making it the second oldest performing rights organization in the United States. SESAC's repertory, once limited to European and gospel music, has diversified to include today's most popular music, including R&B/hip-hop, dance, rock classics, country hits, the best of Latina music, Contemporary Christian, the coolest jazz, and the television and film music of Hollywood’s hottest composers. SESAC's corporate headquarters in Nashville houses all of the company's divisions, from creative to licensing to administration. The company also has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta and London.
Bennett Law Firm
Tamera Bennett was named a "2006 Best Lawyer in Dallas Under 40" by D Magazine. The firm's mission is to counsel businesses and individuals in the protection and exploitation of their creative endeavors. The firm's focus of copyright, trademark and entertainment law is integrated with a corporate law practice to provide solutions to general business questions.
Copyright Guru
©Guru is intended to provide information and resources on copyright, intellectual property, and entertainment law. It is hoped that the information provided will be useful to attorneys, business professionals, students and others interested in the application of copyright and intellectual property law to the entertainment and Internet industries. ©Guru is designed to be an informal way to learn about and keep up to date with intellectual property issues such as emerging trends, important cases and legislation, and general advice. ©Guru is owned and operated by David J. Moser, an attorney with over 10 years of experience in the entertainment and intellectual property law.
SoundExchange®, Inc. is a dynamic, 501(c)(6) nonprofit performance rights organization embodying hundreds of recording companies and thousands of artists united in receiving fair compensation for the licensing of their music in the new and ever-expanding digital world. Modern technology makes all of our lives a little bit simpler and SoundExchange takes full advantage of its accuracy and efficiency to license, collect and distribute public performance revenues for sound recording copyright owners (SRCOs) and artists for noninteractive digital transmissions on cable, satellite and webcast services. Prior to 1995, SRCOs in the United States did not have a performance right. This meant that, unlike their counterparts in most of Europe and other nations around the world, recording companies and artists were not entitled to receive payment for the public performance of their works. Users of music, the digital music service providers, freely performed these works at will, without a dime being paid to the rightful owners of those recordings or the featured artists who performed the songs - the recordings which created the backbone of their business.
Harry Fox Agency
HFA is the foremost mechanical licensing, collection, and distribution agency for music publishers in the U.S. Our processes, culture, and technology are client-driven and results-oriented. We continually strive to add value and strength to the music rights industry.
J.A.M. - Junior ASCAP Members
The J.A.M.Program (Junior ASCAP Members) was started so that teenagers who are interested in music, both its creation and the business, would have a place to learn about different aspects of the music industry. J.A.M. gives teens the opportunity to get involved in a real music business organization, while keeping up with their favorite music creators, and hopefully learning a thing or two from them. As a member, you'll be eligible to receive cool stuff, select discounts, and special benefits. The site features helpful and informative articles that give you an inside look at the inner workings of the music industry, interviews with professional songwriters and composers, and articles on the craft of songwriting.