In this post, they talk about about how to collect royalties for your live performances. Enjoy!
How To: Collect Live Performance Royalties
For songwriters and bands performing their own material, there’s an opportunity to earn additional royalties from live performances. All three US Performance Rights Organizations (PROs) can pay royalties from live performances at bars, clubs, restaurants and other music venues.
In order to collect these royalties, each PRO requires writers to alert them of live performances. Below is the best way for writers affiliated with ASCAP, BMI or SESAC to maximise their live performance royalties.
The ASCAP Plus Awards program is available to writers who received less than $25,000 in domestic performance royalties in the previous calendar year.
To be considered for an ASCAP Plus Award, each writer must submit an online application via Member Access. The application must be submitted annually and reference achievements of the previous calendar year.
More info: ASCAP Plus
*Bandzoogle is headed to the ASCAP EXPO this week, if you’ll be there, let us know!
To sign up for BMI Live, songwriters should log into the BMI Live section of bmi.com and register their set lists, with the date and venue where they performed. They will then be eligible for quarterly royalty payments for the public performance of their original songs and compositions.
For Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users, BMI Live can be accessed from the BMI Mobile app, while Android users will find BMI Live on the BMI Mobile website. BMI Live’s mobile platforms offer all the same services that are available online via laptop and desktop computers.
More info: BMI Live
Register your sets via your publishing account on SESAC Affiliate Services. Once you’ve logged in, complete live performance forms for any live gigs.
You’re able to create a set list (e.g. Fall Tour 2011) and copy / paste it into each venue. You’ll need each venue’s address, date of show, venue capacity, if there was a music charge and the list of songs to submit.
More info: SESAC Live Performance Royalties
Bandzoogle note for Canadian musicians:
SOCAN offers a program for collecting royalties for live performances, more info here: http://www.socan.ca/jsp/en/pub/music_creators/gettingPaid.jsp
Are you collecting royalties on live performances? Did you know that could even do that? Let us know in the comments!
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