These performance rights organizations generally do the same thing. They collect royalties for public performances of music that can be defined by the U.S Copyright Act. Like the Sound Exchange, they are used to protect the intellectual property of the songwriter and provide a way for songwriters to make money off their work. These PROs collect royalties from any venue that publicly performs music These include: music played in restaurants, radio stations, live music venues, bars, parks, and anywhere the music is played in a public setting.
Most of the time, blanket licenses are given to these organizations to different pieces of music written by the songwriter. Because copyright owners are split between the three organizations, venue owners typically purchase blanket licenses from all three organizations. Membership fees depend on the organization you want to join. License fees paid are generally as follows:
|Copyright Owners ||Percentage Paid |
|Publishers ||50% |
|Songwriters ||50% |
|Total ||100% |