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How To: Collect Live Performance Royalties

 

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For songwriters and bands performing their own material, there’s an opportunity to earn additional royalties from live performances. All three US Performance Rights Organizations (PROs) can pay royalties from live performances at bars, clubs, restaurants and other music venues.

In order to collect these royalties, each PRO requires writers to alert them of live performances. Below is the best way for writers affiliated with ASCAP, BMI or SESAC to maximise their live performance royalties.


ASCAP OnStage


You can receive royalties when your music is performed live at venues of all sizes throughout the US. You need to provide the basic details of the performance and which of your songs were performed and you’ll receive an OnStage payment with your normal ASCAP distribution.

OnStage is available 24/7 via your Member Access account and on ASCAP Mobile for convenience and flexibility.

More info: ASCAP OnStage


BMI Live


To sign up for BMI Live, songwriters should log into the BMI Live section of bmi.com and register their set lists, with the date and venue where they performed. They will then be eligible for quarterly royalty payments for the public performance of their original songs and compositions.

For Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users, BMI Live can be accessed from the BMI Mobile app, while Android users will find BMI Live on the BMI Mobile website. BMI Live’s mobile platforms offer all the same services that are available online via laptop and desktop computers.

More info: BMI Live


SESAC


Register your sets via your publishing account on SESAC Affiliate Services. Once you’ve logged in, complete live performance forms for any live gigs.

You’re able to create a set list (e.g. Fall Tour 2011) and copy / paste it into each venue. You’ll need each venue’s address, date of show, venue capacity, if there was a music charge and the list of songs to submit.

More info: SESAC Live Performance Royalties


International Shows


Songtrust can help you collect live performance royalties for shows outside the US. Simply log into your Songtrust account and click on the Setlists tab at the top of your screen. Tell us about the gig and which songs were performed – we’ll take care of the rest.

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12 thoughts on “How To: Collect Live Performance Royalties

  1. […] Note: if you don’t belong to BMI, there are still great options for ASCAP and SESAC members to register and collect royalties for live performances. […]

  2. […] performance royalties programs. Last week, we published an article here on the Songtrust blog that outlined these programs from each of the major US […]

  3. […] you perform your songs live, report these using the various programs from ASCAP, BMI and […]

  4. […] the last few years, BMI (as well as ASCAP and SESAC) have launched incredible live performance programs geared towards touring artists and songwriters. These programs are similar to a rewards system and […]

  5. […] the last few years, BMI (as well as ASCAP and SESAC) have launched incredible live performance programs geared towards touring artists and songwriters. These programs are similar to a rewards system and […]

  6. […] If you perform your songs live, report these using the various programs from ASCAP, BMI and […]

  7. Really interesting post, thanks for sharing that with us!

  8. It’s great to hear people still get royalties this way. Thanks for the post.

  9. […] I know what some of you are saying, “That sounds like a pain in the butt and a ton of computer work.” First, if you are already a songwriter who is a member of a PRO, it’s easy. Second, if you are ignorant of this valuable revenue stream, it’s really important to learn about PROs and then to get your songs signed up. One final note, I own my own publishing company. If you do, this makes the deal even sweeter because you get both the 50% writer royalty, and you also get the 50% publisher royalty. Not sure how to form a publishing company and register that company with the SAME performing rights organization as YOU are signed up to? Do a little research, and learn about forming your own publishing company. It’s not too hard at all and with a little work you can be collecting performance royalties. For more information, go to Song Trust to learn about PROs and having your performing rights organization collect the royalties you are due. http://blog.songtrust.com/how-to-2/collect-live-performance-royalties/ […]

  10. ASCAP has launched a new program, ASCAP OnStage, that will provide royalties for live performances! http://www.ascap.com/onstage

    This latest addition to the ASCAP public performance survey will give ASCAP members an opportunity to receive royalties when their music is performed live at venues of all sizes throughout the country.

    For more information and a detailed FAQ, visit http://www.ascap.com/onstage.

  11. […] you may already know, live performances generate royalties. BMI Live makes collecting these royalties easier than ever by allowing you to submit information […]

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