Collect Music Royalties with ASCAP

With a 650,000-strong membership of composers, songwriters, lyricists, and music publishers, this non-profit is, according to its website, the only American PRO created and controlled by composers, writers, and music publishers—its Board of Directors is elected by its members. “A music creator is like a small business,” reads ASCAP’s website, “and we exist to ensure that ASCAP members are paid promptly and fairly when their compositions are performed publicly.”

Leadership

Elizabeth Matthews

Chief Executive Officer

Location

USA

Founded

1914

NUMBER OF MEMBERS

670,000 (2018)

Testimonial

With a 650,000-strong membership of composers, songwriters, lyricists, and music publishers, this non-profit is, according to its website, the only American

Territories Represented

USA

Types of Royalties

Mechanical and Performance

Contact

1900 Broadway, New YorkNY 10023

1 212 621 6000

info@ascap.com

What is Music Publishing?

Music Publishing is the business of protecting and promoting song copyrights and collecting the royalties that these copyrights generate. Think of a song as intellectual property (it's an original piece of art!), and music publishing as the business that makes sure that songwriters get paid a fair compensation when their intellectual property is used by companies. Those companies could be record labels (mechanical royalties), radio stations, bars, and restaurants (performance royalties), or film studios and advertising agencies (sync license fees), and many more.