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ASCAP Governing Documents

Listed below are links to downloadable documents that govern ASCAP and its relationship with its membership.

UPDATE ON NEW MEDIA RIGHTS WITHDRAWAL
On September 17, 2013, US District Judge Denise Cote issued a ruling granting Pandora's motion for summary judgment on one issue involved in the streaming music company's pending rate court proceeding with ASCAP. As a practical matter, Judge Cote's ruling means that the music of the major publishers who had previously withdrawn new media rights from ASCAP will remain under ASCAP's blanket license with Pandora for the period beginning January 1, 2011 and continuing for the term of the license for which Judge Cote will determine Pandora’s fees at trial this December. Any publishers who planned to withdraw new media rights from ASCAP will not be able to do so while Judge Cote’s ruling remains in effect.
  • Articles of Association *(PDF)
    The basic document that sets out ASCAP's structure and governs its relationship with its members, as amended through May 2002.
  • Membership Application and Agreement
    The documents that all members sign when they join ASCAP.
  • Compendium of ASCAP Rules and Regulations, and Policies Supplemental to the Articles of Association *(PDF)
    The rules, regulations and policies adopted by the Board of Directors.
  • UPDATE TO THE SURVEY AND DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM
    In March 2014 the ASCAP Board of Directors revised Section 2.1 relating to the criteria by which ASCAP will automatically switch a member from the Average Performance Plan to the Current Performance Plan. Additionally, the Board of Directors removed the credit threshold requirement for performances on interactive websites.
  • ASCAP's Survey and Distribution System:Rules & Policies. *(PDF)
    The rules and regulations governing distribution of royalties to members, including the Writers’ Distribution Plans, the Writers’ and Publishers’ Distribution Formulas, the Weighting Rules and Weighting Formula.
  • Second Amended Final Judgment entered in United States v. ASCAP *(PDF)
    ASCAP’s Consent Decree with the United States government that largely governs ASCAP's licensing activities.
  • Board of Review Rules of Procedure *(PDF)
  • ASCAP Resignation

    Effective January 1, 2012, members seeking to resign from ASCAP must submit their request via Member Access. If you would like to notify ASCAP of your intention to resign from membership, please use the user interface available under the "Member Status" tab of My Membership. Notifications of your intention to resign will only be accepted during your annual eligibility period which is noted in this section of Member Access.

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    If you are unable to submit your resignation online, please click here for the paper form.



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