How do Performing Rights Organizations (PROs) Track Media use on Terrestrial Radio?

Census Station VS Sample Surveys

Usually, a Performing Rights Organization (PRO) will apply one of two types of surveys across terrestrial media: Census and/or Sample.

A Census Station will pay a large enough licensing fee to the PRO which makes it economically feasible to distribute royalties for every airing/broadcast/performance.

Sample Surveys however are applied to stations that pay a rather low licensing fee, in comparison, and therefore, it is not economically feasible to try and process every performance which will amount to a rather low payment. Therefore, a small selection (each PRO is different) is taken of performances from that licensee/music user and processed accordingly.

 

Interested in learning more? Check out or blog post, What You Didn't Know About Radio Royalties. 

 

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