ASCAP is a membership association of nearly two hundred thousand United States composers, songwriters, lyricists, and music publishers of every kind of music. Through agreements with affiliated international societies, ASCAP also represents hundreds of thousands of music creators worldwide. ASCAP is the only United States performing rights organization created and controlled by composers, songwriters and music publishers, with a Board of Directors elected by and from the membership.
ASCAP protects the rights of its members by licensing and distributing royalties for the non-dramatic public performances of their copyrighted works. ASCAP's licensees encompass all who want to perform copyrighted music publicly. ASCAP makes giving and obtaining permission to perform music simple for both creators and users of music.
ASCAP is its' members, creative people who write the music and lyrics that enrich lives in every corner of the world. The members of ASCAP are where music begins.
ASCAP is home to the greatest names in American music. Past and present, from Duke Ellington to Beck, form George Gershwin to Stevie Wonder, from Leonard Bernstein to Madonna, from Garth Brooks to Tito Puente, from Henry Mancini to James Horner, as well as thousands of writers in the earlier stages of their careers.
ASCAP represents every type of music. ASCAP's repertory includes rock, pop, alternative, country, R&B, rap, hip hop, Latin, film and television music, folk, roots and blues, jazz, gospel, contemporary Christian, new age, theater and cabaret, dance, electronic, symphonic, and concert, the entire musical spectrum.
ASCAP members are individuals who make their living writing music. As a society of composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers, we know very well that there are many steps between creation and compensation: months, if not years, can pass between the creation of a song, its recording, its release, its performance, and the day when the...
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