What is a Performing Rights Organization (PRO)?

These are companies like ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, etc.

Performing Rights Organizations (PROs) are responsible for collecting income on behalf of songwriters and music publishers when a song is publicly broadcasted or publicly performed. Public performances can include plays in television, radio, clubs, restaurants, websites, to live shows in various clubs, bars and public spaces. PROs collect fees from these establishments which they then pay to their members, songwriters and publishers.

Each territory worldwide has one or more PROs, responsible for collecting performance royalties for that specific territory. When you join Songtrust, we register your songs directly with PROs around the world to collect your royalties directly from the territories in which they were generated. This gets you paid more quickly and with more detailed royalty statements.  

Not affiliated with a PRO yet? No problem! We can help you affiliate to a select number of PROs directly within your Songtrust account. 


Pro Tip: PROs do NOT collect mechanical royalties generated from sales/streams. In order to collect those, you must be registered with a mechanical collection society, such as the Harry Fox Agency (USA). 


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