ASCAP Primer for Concert Member Composers

Dear Member,

Congratulations on your election to the Society, and welcome to ASCAP. We look forward to working with you to advance your career and to insure that you receive royalty payments for surveyed domestic performances, and for performances surveyed by our sister Societies in foreign territories.

Please send a Bio, CV, or a letter describing your experience and career aspirations, if you haven't already done so. Read all ASCAP mailings to be informed of ASCAP membership opportunities and issues of importance.

We are proud that you have chosen ASCAP to represent you. Our goal is to make your membership rewarding. Your cooperation strengthens our ability to protect your interests. To be sure that you receive ASCAP royalty payments, read the below instructions carefully.

Cia Toscanini
Vice President

Michael Spudic
Concert Music Representative




  1. ACTIVATE YOUR MEMBER ACCESS ACCOUNT

    Please be sure to activate your online ASCAP account. Member Access allows you to view your catalog, change your address, view or download your statement and sign up for Direct Deposit.

  2. REGISTER EACH WORK NOT ASSIGNED TO A PUBLISHER IN THE ASCAP TITLE REGISTRATION FACILITY ON ASCAP'S WEB SITE.

    ASCAP pays royalties for performances to its writer and publisher members only when the titles have been properly registered. No distribution can be made for performances of a work until it is registered with ASCAP. To register your titles, log in to Member Access. To ensure proper crediting for your concert (standard/serious) music works, you must specify duration and instrumentation/or the number of choral parts on the Standard Form and select the box indicating that it is a Concert Music work. Please indicate when a generic form (such as Sonata) may serve as an alternate title. A work with a "poetic" title which is also a Sonata, should be identified in the Alternate Title field by the generic form.

    If you experience difficulties with on-line Title Registration, please submit a Member Inquiry in Member Access. Your inquiry will be directed to the Repertory Department.

    If you are acting as the publisher of your own music, you should become an ASCAP publisher member. (Click Here for more details on self-publishing).

  3. REPORT ALL DOMESTIC AND FOREIGN PERFORMANCES DIRECTLY TO THE CONCERT MUSIC DEPARTMENT USING THE ONLINE PERFORMANCE NOTIFICATION FORM

    • REPORT FUTURE PERFORMANCES as far in advance as possible to ensure that they are properly licensed.
    • Use the online Performance Notification form each time you report a domestic or international performance. Upload scanned programs, announcements, or website pages indicating the entire program, and as much information as available, preferably in PDF format. ASCAP reports international performances promptly to our affiliated foreign societies.
    • Remember that a performance must be licensed and the fee paid, before you are credited with a performance.

    * PLEASE DON'T DELAY REPORTING CURRENT OR PAST PERFORMANCES (not more than 12 months old) using the online Performance Notification form. ASCAP must bill for domestic performances not licensed in advance. Successful collection of license fees requires prompt billing.

  4. PERFORMANCES AT LICENSED COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES AND CONSERVATORIES are subject to ASCAP's Educational Sample Survey. Programs in this field can be submitted via the online performance notification form.

    All ASCAP works performed at colleges, universities and conservatories will be included in the annual ASCAP Educational Sample Survey.

    *Performances included in the ASCAP Educational Sample Survey:

    • Student recitals
    • Faculty recitals
    • Ensembles or artists in residence as visiting faculty at the school
    • Performances by guest artists or ensembles
    • Orchestral, band/wind ensemble, choral, and chamber performances
    • Electronic or electroacoustic performances
  5. SYMPHONIC, RECITAL AND EDUCATIONAL (SRE) DISTRIBUTION DATES

    • Distributions for live symphonic, recital and educational performances (SRE) occur in April for Composers/Writers. Please refer to the Distribution Calendar for specific dates.
  6. THE FOLLOWING PERFORMANCES ARE NOT LICENSED BY ASCAP:

    • Dramatic Works (opera, ballet, music theater, etc.); broadcasts of Dramatic Works; Concert performances of complete Dramatic Works. Either you or your publisher must license these events directly.
    • Performances within religious services
    • US Armed Forces performances
    • Performances in Elementary, Junior and Senior High Schools (Kindergarten-12th grade)
  7. The Special Classification Committee reviews, on request by the member, credit assigned for performances of ARRANGEMENTS of PUBLIC DOMAIN MUSIC. After review in each case, the Committee may award both writer and publisher additional credit. The percentage credited for a particular arrangement is shown on the annual distribution of Symphonic, Recital, and Educational performances. To request a review, contact Christopher Dobbins, Musicologist, Concert Performance Crediting Department at ASCAP, 250 Wet 57th Street New York, NY 10107; PHONE: (212) 621-6135; E-MAIL: cdobbins@ascap.com

  8. Composers publishing their own music are considered SELF-PUBLISHED and should become ASCAP Publisher Members in order to collect both composer and publisher royalties. There are no annual dues for ASCAP Composer or Publisher members. There is a one-time application processing fee.

    Self-Published composers may specify that they are individually owned publishing entities when filing for publisher membership. Click here for an online application. The title or name of your publishing company must be "cleared" by ASCAP, which is part of the application process. For more information and guidance, contact Cia Toscanini at (212) 621-6328 or ctoscanini@ascap.com.

  9. Please review your royalty statements timely in Member Access You must notify ASCAP within 9 months of receipt of statement to report corrections and/or additions.

  10. KEEP THE CONCERT MUSIC DEPARTMENT INFORMED ABOUT YOUR CAREER Send your announcements and information about recordings, publications, commissions, awards, honors, fellowships, appointments, etc. to concertmusic@ascap.com. You may include a photo.

  11. READ ALL ASCAP COMMUNICATIONS carefully to be informed about your Society. Register for ASCAP email to receive our monthly email newsletter, ASCAP Inside Music, where you will get up-to-date information about professional opportunities, legislative issues, and member benefits. Refer to www.ascap.com/email to register your email address.

CONCERT MUSIC DEPARTMENT

Cia Toscanini
212-621-6328

ctoscanini@ascap.com

Michael Spudic
212-621-6329

mspudic@ascap.com

Frances Richard
212-621-6329

concertmusic@ascap.com