ASCAP or BMI – which one is better?
If you are a songwriter and are having a song published or recorded, it’s essential to join a PRO (Performance Rights Organization). The two primary ones are ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) and BMI (Broadcast Music Incorporated), although there are others as well, such as SESAC (no longer an abbreviation for anything).
The purpose of a PRO is to monitor the use of member’s compositions and make sure that they’re compensated. That said, this article on DIYMB starts by asking the question:
“ASCAP vs BMI, which one is better? This has been an ongoing debate for many years with no clear answer.”
He then goes on the explain who they are and what the benefits of each organization are, with the following conclusion:
“So Which PRO Is Better?
That’s a hard decision to make. In all honestly it’s going to come down to personal preference. They both do the same exact same thing, which is, “making sure you’re compensated for your work” (when it’s used).
BMI is cheaper for a writer but ASCAP is cheaper in the long run (if you look at it as a whole).
Both organizations have workshops and benefits but in my experience ASCAP has more workshops. That was a huge thing for me when I was looking for which one to join. I like learning and I love networking, so the more workshops the more networking I’m able to do.”
The choice is up to you, but if you want to get paid for your work, you will need to make a choice. And, you can only join one.