Copyright Clearinghouse Roster


Music Rights
Entity Specialty Contact Info Cost
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)
(for a license to use a musical composition)
ASCAP licenses the right to perform songs and musical works created and owned by songwriters, composers, lyricists and music publishers who are ASCAP members and members of foreign performing rights organizations who are represented by ASCAP in the United States. ASCAP's licensees encompass all who want to perform copyrighted music publicly. ascap.com The annual ASCAP licensing rate depends on the type of business. Generally, rates are based on the manner in which music is performed (live, recorded or audio only or audio/visual) and the size of the establishment or potential audience for the music. ASCAP has over a hundred different licenses and rate schedules.
BMI
(for a license to use a musical composition)
BMI licenses businesses to play musical works owned by the songwriters, composers, and musical publishers it represents. bmi.com/licensing/ Most BMI licenses are for an initial term of one year. Generally, licenses automatically renew for additional one-year periods unless either you or BMI give notice of cancellation. Some fee adjustments are influenced by the current Consumer Price Index.
SESAC A performing rights organization (like BMI and ASCAP) that represents songwriters and publishers. www.sesac.com
Harry Fox Agency and National Music Publishers' Association (NMPA)
(for a license to produce and distribute musical compositions)
A performing rights organization (like BMI and ASCAP) that represents songwriters and publishers. www.harryfox.com Cites to statutory royalty rates: 8.00 cents per minute for songs 5 minutes or less; 1.55 cents per minute (or fraction thereof) for all songs over 5 minutes.
Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)
(for sound recording licensing information)
The Recording Industry Association of America is the trade group that represents the U.S. recording industry. Its website provides information about who to contact for a sound recording license at some of its member labels www.riaa.com
Music Research Consultants Music Research Consultants' web page contains links to publishers, record labels, music rights agencies, and more. musicresearch.com
All Music Guide Using the name of an artist, album, song or label, you can search here for rights owner information and often links directly to the source. www.allmusic.com