ASCAP Payment System: Commercial and Promo Music
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ASCAP Payment System

Music in Advertisements


Product Commercials
ASCAP processes television commercial performances reported by Competitrack, a sophisticated digital monitoring system, on the basis of a census survey (i.e. complete count of performances). Commercials and TV stations not monitored by Competitrack as well as all radio commercial performances are subject to a sample survey. If your music is used in product commercials, complete the steps referenced below in the Getting Paid for Your Music in Advertisements section. Please note the separate deadlines for those stations monitored by Competitrack compared to those subject to a sample.

Competitrack Logo
(Monitored Station List)


Promotional Announcements
ASCAP processes all promotional announcement performances on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CW, Univision, HBO, Cinemax and Showtime based upon information submitted by these networks to ASCAP. Promotional announcements on other television stations and all radio stations are processed based upon a sample survey. If your music is used on a station or network not listed above, complete the steps referenced below in the Getting Paid for Your Music in Advertisements section.

Public Service Announcements, Short-Form Infomercials and Movie Trailers
Public service announcements, television short form infomercials (five minutes or less in duration) and movie trailers are subject to a sample survey. If your music is used for these purposes, follow the steps set out below in the Getting Paid for Your Music in Advertisements section.

TV Long Form Infomercials
Television long form infomercials (infomercials of longer than five minutes in duration) are processed for royalty distribution purposes in the same manner as other program performances, using information ASCAP obtains primarily from cue sheets and performance data supplied by ASCAP licensees and third parties. If your music is used in a television long form infomercial, follow the steps set out below in the Getting Paid for Your Music in Long Form Infomercials section.

Performance crediting for all advertisement music is subject to the ASCAP Weighting Formula and the rules and policies pertaining to performance claims. For additional information about how ASCAP surveys performances in television long form infomercials, click here.



Getting Paid for Your Music in Advertisements


  1. Register Your Music

    A work registration must be on file at ASCAP in order to match information about your work to our survey data and correctly distribute royalties. Confirm the music in question has already been registered in Member Access. If the work has not been registered, you must register the work with ASCAP first. When you register your music, you are submitting information about your original musical work, not about the advertisements in which it was used.

  2. Complete the Advertisement Claim Form
    If Competitrack does not monitor the station or commercial that featured your music, you must also provide performance data in the Performance Template below. Please note ASCAP will only credit performances on a radio or television station that occur during a date and time included in the sample survey.

    Icon calendar  Cable TV Sample Survey Dates

  3. Submit Your Claim Through a Member Services Inquiry in Member Access

    Member Access

    When you have completed the Advertisement Claim Form, log into Member Access and submit your performance claim as a Member Service Inquiry. Select the category "Advertisement Claim" and choose the topic based upon the medium (e.g. TV, or radio) in which the claimed performances took place. A separate Inquiry and Advertisement Claim Form must be submitted for each individual advertisement in each medium. An MP3 of your musical work or link to a website containing the source music must be attached to each inquiry.


SUBMISSION DEADLINES FOR ADVERTISEMENT CLAIMS

PERFORMANCE PERIOD

MONITORED BY COMPETITRACK

ASCAP SAMPLE SURVEY

October - December 2014 January 23, 2015 March 27, 2015
January - March 2015 April 24, 2015 June 26, 2015
April - June 2015 July 24, 2015 September 25, 2015
July - September 2015 October 23, 2015 December 25, 2015
October - December 2015 January 22, 2016 March 25, 2016
January - March 2016 April 22, 2016 June 24, 2016
April - June 2016 July 29, 2016 September 23, 2016
July - September 2016 November 4, 2016 December 23, 2016
October - December 2016 February 17, 2017 March 24, 2017


Note: If you submit your claim after the deadlines, your payment may be delayed until a future distribution. We are no longer accepting any claims for performance periods not listed above.


Getting Paid for Your Music in Long Form Infomercials


Submit Your Claim Through a Member Services Inquiry in Member Access


Member Access

Select the category “Advertisement Claim” and the topic “TV Long Form Infomercial” topic, include a description of the claim, and attach all supporting information (i.e., a cue sheet and any other relevant documentation). We do not accept airdate schedules for processing claims and only rely on the schedule data provided by third parties. A link to an Infomercial Music Cue Sheet template is provided below. You may track the progress of each television long-form infomercial claim by clicking the “My Profile” link on the “My Membership” tab and then “My Inquiries."

EXCEL Infomercial Cue Sheet Template (EXCEL)


Note: If alternate titles that are not included in the original claim are utilized in subsequent performance quarters, ASCAP must be notified of such utilization through the submission of a new claim via Member Access following the procedure set forth above.

SUBMISSION DEADLINES FOR LONG FORM INFOMERCIAL CLAIMS
PERFORMANCE PERIOD SUBMISSION DEADLINE
January - March June 30
April - June September 30
July - September December 31
October - December March 31 (following year)

Note: If you submit your claim after the deadlines, your payment may be delayed until a future distribution. 

Have a question? Contact a Global Services Representative at 1-800-95-ASCAP (952-7227) or log a Member Service Inquiry through Member Access.



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