They collect different types of royalties.
A Performing Rights Organization (PRO) is responsible for collecting performance royalties on behalf of songwriters and music publishers when a song is publicly broadcast. Public performances can include playing 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 Harry Fox Agency is not a PRO, it is a mechanical licensing agent. This means that while ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC are able to collect performance royalties from your songs being performed in public (via radio, tv, etc.), the Harry Fox Agency issues licenses and are responsible for collecting mechanical royalties in the US on the behalf of music publishers only for the recording and reproduction of CD’s, ringtones, and Internet downloads.
To learn more, visit The Harry Fox Agency.
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