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.
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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