ASCAP, BMI and SESAC Statements

A real value of the performance right royalty statement that writers receive from ASCAP, BMI and SESAC is the information contained on the statements.

Depending on your level of success and that of your songs, the performance rights organization statements provide a good reflection of where your songs, lyrics or music are being performed and the worth of such performances.

This is not to say that this world is not uncomplicated… AS IT IS… since depending on whether you are an ASCAP, BMI or SESAC writer, the royalty payment rules and philosophies may be totally different.

You also may be a writer who has changed affiliations, but has left certain songs with your previous performance rights organization. An additional complicating factor is that you will be dealing with the regulations of different organizations depending on the song.

Despite the above, the statements themselves break income sources into a number of categories including but not limited to radio, network television, cable television, other audio visual, background music services, Internet, satellite, airlines, public broadcasting, mobile entertainment, live concerts, digital audio services, digital jukebox, promos, etc., as well as international (by country)

It’s a world of valuable information if you are willing to look at it, digest it and use it.