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.”Continue reading ASCAP or BMI – which one is better?
By Steve Veloudos
Music licensing can be a very confusing subject. My intent with this article is to give you enough details on what music licensing is and what are your rights to use music in advertising and/or video productions.
A few months ago I was contacted by a company that was celebrating 20 years in business. They wanted to put together a radio commercial that highlighted their celebration. Their request was to use Kool and the Gangs song Celebration in their radio spot.
I explained to them in order to do this they would have to obtain a licensing which would cost them quite a bit of money. This was not an option for them due to their limited budget and ultimately they told me that they “went another direction” with their advertising.Continue reading Tips On Music Licensing And Copyrights