ASCAP Payment System: General Licensees & ASCAP OnStage
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General Licensees & ASCAP OnStage

ASCAP strives to identify all public performances; however, it is not cost effective for ASCAP to survey all performances in bars, clubs, and other "general licensees" due to the significant number of performances and the relatively small license fees paid by these establishments. 

ASCAP OnStage for Writer Members

Each quarter, our members can submit an ASCAP OnStage claim to notify us of each individual performance of their music. The resulting royalty is distributed to the writers and publishers of the songs based upon the license fee paid by the venue(s).

This is complemented by ASCAP's survey of all songs performed during the 300 top-grossing tours each year, as reported by Pollstar.

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