A Collective Management Organization (CMO) is just another way to say a Performing Rights Organization (PRO).

These societies are responsible for collecting income on behalf of songwriters and music publishers when a song is publicly broadcast. Public performances can include play in television, radio, clubs, restaurants, websites, or other broadcasting systems. PROs collect fees from these establishments which they then pay to their registered songwriters or their publisher.

The societies split these royalties in half - 50% goes to the writer directly, and 50% must be collected by a publisher.

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