The ASCAP International Advantage
- ASCAP repertory earns more revenue overseas than the repertory of any other music rights organization.
- We administer and license more foreign repertory in America than any other US music rights organization.
- ASCAP has arrangements with foreign music rights organizations so that the ASCAP repertory is represented in nearly every country around the world where copyright law exists.
- We have led the world in developing the procedures and tools to ensure prompt, efficient and accurate administration of performing rights in the digital age.
- We are the only US society with multi-lingual senior executives based in Asia, Europe and the US, dedicated to fostering bilateral relations and maximizing revenue from international sources.
- ASCAP routinely conducts technical visits to affiliated societies and has acquired an unrivaled knowledge of the policies and operations of music rights organizations around the world.
- ASCAP assesses the potential impact on its revenue based on the political, legislative, economic and commercial developments in each country where ASCAP music is performed.
- We are committed to identifying and claiming our members' rightful share of every source of performance income from our affiliated societies.
- ASCAP lends legal assistance and technical expertise to emerging and established affiliated societies in the Caribbean, Central and Eastern Europe, Southern Africa and the Pacific Rim.
- We rigorously analyze and help improve the performance and procedures of our affiliated societies.
- We actively promote systems and tools designed to reduce the cost of administering performances of ASCAP repertory abroad.
- We closely monitor changes in the membership, documentation, distribution and financial policies of our affiliated societies to ensure efficient and timely administration of our repertory abroad.
- ASCAP plays an active role in various international organizations, including the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC).
- ASCAP Board member Marilyn Bergman served two terms as President of CISAC
- We developed programs that have been adapted throughout the world, including:
- World Works List (WWL) used by societies around the world
- World Information Database (WID) which ASCAP developed as the centerpiece of CISAC's CIS projects and crucial to administration in the Digital Age
- MusicMark, a collaboration between ASCAP, BMI and SOCAN aimed at simplifying the music registration process and create a common, authoritative picture of the musical works represented by the three societies
ASCAP has played a leading role in developing many sophisticated programs to monitor performances:
- Our blockchain project, a groundbreaking partnership with PRS for Music and SACEM to prototype a new shared system of managing authoritative music copyright information using blockchain technology
- The AVIndex (Audio-visual Index), a unique directory of audio-visual works that permits societies to match works to performances and obtain an authoritative cue-sheet required for distribution
- The ASCAP Concert Tracking Program, which ensures that foreign live performances of music by direct ASCAP members are documented with setlists so that royalties are properly routed and distributed
- ASCAP frequently visits affiliated societies, building a detailed, hands-on knowledge of the structure, organization, operations, procedures and policies of the society
- Technical visits always include a systems, distribution or licensing expert, who can assess the society’s practices and encourage the adoption of procedures to ensure the efficient administration of the ASCAP repertory in its territory
- Follow-up visits enable us to monitor progress, resolve urgent matters, verify proper documentation and keep up with market intelligence