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What are public performance royalties?

Last Updated: Jun 20, 2014 01:00PM EDT

When you write an original song, one of your exclusive rights as the copyright holder is the right to perform your composition in public.

If someone wants to use your composition for commercial use, they require a license to do so. Obviously, it's not possible for every TV / radio station, restaurant, live venue, jukebox, etc. to contact you for each use of your song. Instead, these businesses pay blanket licenses to Performing Rights Organization (P.R.Os), who then redistribute those license fees to their member songwriters.

To collect these performance royalties, you must affiliate and register songs with a PRO In the US, there are three PROs – ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC.

Songtrust can affiliate you with a PRO and will ensure that your songs are professionally registered for the collection of performance royalties.

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