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Inventory of Works - TEMPLATE

Template for organizing and managing your original musical works and intellectual property



Performance Rights Organizations (PROs)



Songwriter Performance Rights

Publishing Administration

Royalty Collection Assistance



Resource links for Music Licensing & Placement in Film / TV / Videogames / Advertising



Film Festivals



U.S. Copyright Info


Performance Rights Organizations (PROs)

North American PROs
for Composers, Songwriters, Lyricists and Music Publishers



All 3 USA-based songwriter PROs now have programs to compensate songwriters for live performances of their original works in various contexts, e.g. festivals, theaters, municipal events, clubs, other venues, open mics and more.

Affiliation Fees
Fee Waiver?
Live Performance Payment Program Website
$150 - $250
BMI Live
SESAC Live Performance Payments

When you affiliate with a PRO, it’s important to affiliate as both a WRITER member and as a PUBLISHER member. Otherwise, you will only receive half the money to which you are entitled.

*The one exception is BMI, where if your works are not controlled by a publisher, you can register your songs under your writer membership at 200%. Despite this "work-around" solution offered by BMI, it may still be advisable to affiliate as a publisher member. In particular, anyone interested in sustaining a long-term musical career should strongly consider publisher affiliation as an essential component of their business infrastructure.

**There are no affiliation fees to join SESAC, but there is an evaluation / invitation process, whereas BMI and ASCAP accept all songwriters that meet their eligibility criteria, which are easily satisfied.

Additional information about USA-based songwriter PROs can be found on our PRO Primer Page

Puerto Rico








North American PROs for Recording Artists (USA)




Songwriter Performance Rights
Publishing Administration
Royalty Collection Assistance

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Soundreef operates in the UK, USA, Italy, France, Sweden and Spain





Resource links for
Licensing & Placement in Film / TV / Videogames / Advertising

Film Music Magazine

Pacifica Music / Riptide Music Group

APM Music
Music Dealers ceased operations in the summer of 2016.
Click the link above to read why. Their website is still online, but has not been updated since June 2016.


U.S. Copyright Office

Recommended reading: Copyright Basics (PDF)

Songs are intellectual property. Songs and other musical compositions are often referred to as “works”. A creator or creators of a work (also referred to as a composer, songwriter, author, or lyricist, in the case of someone who writes lyrics) owns a work as soon as it’s “fixed in a tangible means of expression”, e.g. written down, captured in an audio recording or a video recording that includes audio, etc.

It is not required that copyrights for works be registered with the Library of Congress, but doing so in a timely fashion entitles the copyright owner to additional remedies in instances when their copyrights have been infringed upon.


Copyright Collection Societies Worldwide

Links to a list of Copyright Collection Societies on Wikipedia

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Bibliography / Recommended Reading

All You Need to Know About the Music Business by Donald S. Passman

This Business of Music: The Definitive Guide to the Business and Legal Issues of the Music Industry by M. William Krasilovsky, Sidney Shemel, John M Gross and Jonathan Feinstein

How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie



- coming soon -

A Guide to Forming Your Own Publishing Company


NERFA 2013 Licensing & Publishing Panel - PDF handout

On November 9, 2013, at the annual conference of the North East Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) in Kerhonkson, New York, Chicago Mike Beck moderated a panel on Licensing & Publishing. Panelists included Linda Lorence Critelli, Vice-President of Writer/Publisher Relations at SESAC, songwriter and recording artist Rachael Sage, who is also a partner in MPress Records, an independent record label, Marc Ratner, Managing Partner of Mishara Music, a singer-songwriter-centric record label based in Maine, and award-winning composer, conductor and symphonist Andy Brick, who boasts multiple film and videogame credits, including works by Disney, Pixar, Electronic Arts, and more. Here is the handout that was distributed at this panel. Most of the information contained in the handout is presented on this web page, below.




Access Abundance does not and cannot dispense legal advice. The information in this website is provided only as general reference and industry background. Access Abundance strongly recommends that you should consult with an attorney in all instances in which you might act upon the information presented here.