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Making the Most of Your ASCAP Membership

Congratulations! You've made a great move by joining ASCAP, the performing rights organization of choice for over 790,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. Here are 10 steps you can take to make the most of your ASCAP membership.

1. Get Acquainted with Your Member Access Account


Member Access is your command center for managing all your ASCAP business. Log in to view your entire catalog, see your royalty history, change your address and more - it all happens here. Log into Member Access at www.ascap.com/members.

2. Sign Up for Direct Deposit

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ASCAP distributes royalties quarterly to our writers and publishers. Want your ASCAP royalties as quickly as possible? Sign up for Direct Deposit to get your money sent to your bank account, the same day it's available. It's fast, it's eco-friendly, and it bypasses our royalty threshold for physical checks.

Sign up through your Member Access account.

3. Join ASCAP As a Writer and Publisher Member

Already an ASCAP writer member? Consider joining as a publisher member, too. When we distribute royalties for a performance of your music, 50% goes to the writer(s), and 50% to the publisher(s). Unless you've assigned your publishing rights to someone else, you are your own publisher! Setting up your ASCAP publishing membership will ensure that you don't miss out on any of the ASCAP income you deserve. 

Join today at www.ascap.com/join. It only takes about 10 minutes, and you can come up with (almost) any name you want. 

4. Register Your Music

In order to get you paid, we need to know who exactly we're supposed to pay, and what percentage each party should get. Here's how it works:

  • Songs or concert pieces: Register your music through our Title Registration system. Log into Member Access to begin.
  • Score written for TV or film: We rely on cue sheets, which outline the music from an audio/visual project, and how it's used. Cue sheets are normally sent to us by the producer or music supervisor of the program, not the writer of the music. Find out more at Cue Sheet Corner.
  • For music in commercials or promosregister the music via Title Registration first, then send us some additional info about the project (guidelines here) so we can properly track performances and get you paid.

Want to make registering your music easier? Download your ASCAP Mobile Pass in Member AccessIt's a handy way to keep track of your Interested Party Information (IPI) code, essential for registering your music properly. Share your IPI with your co-writers/publishers, and make sure to get theirs too.

5. Learn from Iconic Music Creators and Industry Thought Leaders at the ASCAP Experience

Every year, the music community gathers in Los Angeles for the ASCAP Experience - a multi-day music creator conference that packs in dozens of panels, feedback sessions, workshops and networking opportunities into three days of education and inspiration. Our panelists are the best of the best - Billie Eilish and Finneas O'Connell, Stevie Wonder, Hans Zimmer, Katy Perry, Questlove, mxmtoon, Diplo, Quincy Jones, Pasek & Paul, Justin Timberlake, Bill Withers, Tom Petty, T.I. and Sara Bareilles have all joined us, among many others.

In 2020, we went virtual with the ASCAP Experience: Home Edition. Watch all of our career-boosting, thought-provoking panels for free at www.ascapexperience.com.

6. Enjoy Exclusive Member Benefits

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Want to work on your wellness? Need health or instrument insurance? Looking to build a swanky new website? ASCAP can help. Our comprehensive package of exclusive discounts and special offers is designed to make your life as a working music professional a little easier. See some highlights on our Benefits page, and log into Member Access to view the full roster of Benefits that we've got lined up for you.

7. Grow Your Career at an ASCAP Workshop

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Hone your skills and learn more about the music biz at one of the annual workshops ASCAP runs. Whether you're a songwriter or a producer, a film and TV composer or a musical theatre writer, we've got a program just for you. And yes, we're still running the large majority of our workshops (albeit virtually) during the pandemic! Find out more at our Workshops page.

8. Get Paid for Live Performances via ASCAP OnStage


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We developed ASCAP OnStage to reward ASCAP writers who spend much of their lives playing in front of an audience. With this program you have the opportunity to receive royalties when your music is performed live at ASCAP-licensed venues of all sizes - and yes, that includes livestreaming platforms. Register all of your songs, send us the dates and setlists for every ASCAP-licensed venue/platform you played in the past three months, and you're eligible to receive royalties! Find out more at www.ascap.com/onstage.

9. Apply for an ASCAP Plus Award

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Our annual ASCAP Plus Awards program rewards writers of symphonic & concert music, jazz, musical theatre and children's music who received less than $25,000 in domestic performance royalties in the previous calendar year. If you fit the criteria, you can apply for a Plus Award every year through your Member Access account. The application is generally open throughout spring of each year; all awards are paid in the following January writer distribution.

Find out more at our ASCAP Plus Awards info page.

10. Connect with Us and Stay Informed!


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The relationship between you and ASCAP isn't a one way street! Give us a shout via social media.

Every day, ASCAP Board member Dean Kay curates The ASCAP Daily Brief - an invaluable collection of stories from around the web to educate and stimulate you. We've also got our Inside Music e-newsletter, jam-packed with ASCAP news and tips to help your career. Sign up for both of them right here

More of an auditory learner?

Stream our "How to Make the Most of Your ASCAP Membership" panel from the ASCAP Experience: Home Edition.