ASCAP is a membership association of more than 800,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. They license over 16 million ASCAP songs and scores to the businesses that play them publicly, then send the money to its members as royalties.
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 over 17 million musical works created and owned by more than 1.1 million songwriters, composers and music publishers.
Global Music Rights, the first US PRO in nearly 75 years, was founded in 2013 by industry veteran Irving Azoff as an alternative to the traditional performance rights model. A license from Global Music Rights is required to legally play copyrighted musical works (or shares of works) they represent.
Paul Heinecke founded The Society of European Stage Authors and Composers, or SESAC, on the principle that “Music is the common denominator…a communications instrument that knows no language barrier”. It was America’s second performing rights organization with a repertory consisting primarily of works published by European firms.
SOCAN serves music creators, music publishers, and visual artists, ensures users are licensed to play, and collects/distributes royalties in Canada and Worldwide.
SoundExchange provides royalty solutions for sound recordings and publishing, serving as a critical backbone to today’s digital music industry. The organization collects and distributes digital performance royalties on behalf of over 245,000 recording artists’ and master rights owners’ accounts.