FAQ - Does one PRO pay more than the others?

In a word, “No.”  One performing rights organization (PRO) does not pay more than the others.  If one paid more than the others, then all writers would be affiliated with that society.  Over the life of a copyright, the payout on a song will be about the same from organization to organization.

Member Comments

Posted by Gary Lifshitz on 2004-11-20 at 5:25:20 am

Do i need a record deal to be on MTV,Fuse or VH-1?

Posted by Jeremy Lee Maxwell Meuse- Parker on 2005-01-02 at 7:18:33 pm

What does a a PRO acctually do??

Posted by Stephen McNamara on 2005-01-06 at 5:38:59 am

From what I hear, though, ASCAP pays significantly less for instrumental socring music than for anything containing vocals.  (1) Is this true, and (2) if so, does BMI differentiate in any way between instrumental and vocal score?

Posted by Gary E. Andrews on 2013-12-15 at 6:34:54 am

I saw a comment somewhere from a songwriter who said he was with BMI and his co-writer was with ASCAP. Each got his check from his respective Performance Rights Organization but the difference was insignificant.

PRO’s collect fees from revenue generation venues, radio stations, bars and clubs where music is played live or on jukeboxes or piped in by any means, and, based on the lists those venues supply of what songs they played, calculate who gets how much. It takes a lot of plays to get anything at all.

You register your song titles with a PRO, stating who the publisher is, and who the songwriter(s) is/are. http://www.bmi.com is one PRO. They run this website.

You need some kind of representation to get on MTV or any TV or radio. They’re in business to make money and if you’re making money and if you or your representative can convince the decision-makers there that they can make money too, you can get on their shows.

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