We create music.
ASCAP is a membership association of more than 625,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. We uphold the value of our members’ music, and help them thrive alongside the businesses that use their music every day.
ASCAP is home to more than 625,000 music creator members across all genres - the greatest names in music, and thousands more in the early stages of their careers. We are the only PRO in the US owned and governed by our members.
The ASCAP payment system
We license over 10 million ASCAP songs and scores to the businesses that play them publicly, then send the money to our members as royalties. We use cutting-edge technology to process over one trillion performances every year - more than any PRO in the world.Read more
ASCAP is the only US performing rights organization with a Board of Directors made up of music writers and publishers, elected from and by our membership. They combine deep experience and strategic vision to lead ASCAP into the future.
ASCAP is committed to protecting the rights of our members. We work to elevate the voice of the music creator, build relationships with our allies in Congress and foster thoughtful policy-making for the benefit of creators, business and consumers alike.
The ASCAP story
ASCAP was the first PRO in the US, founded in 1914. As the music business has evolved, we’ve evolved right along with it. But we remain committed to protecting the livelihoods of songwriters, composers and publishers that call ASCAP home.
The ASCAP team
ASCAP employees are proud to be part of a community of music creators and supporters. Collectively, we are experts in the music and media businesses, technology, licensing and copyright. Individually, we are music fans, and passionate about helping those that create music.
Whatever your style, we have your back.
The documents that govern ASCAP and our relationship with our membership and licensees