Resigning from ASCAP
We would very much like to keep you as part of the ASCAP family. But if you are considering switching to another PRO, we strongly encourage you to consider carefully how resigning from ASCAP will impact your future distributions.
ASCAP’s member resignation rules, as set out in the Compendium of ASCAP Rules & Regulations and ASCAP's Survey and Distribution System Rules & Policies, are determined by the ASCAP Board of Directors. The resignation process can take some time and requires your close attention so that you do not lose out on any royalties that are owed to you, whether through ASCAP or your future PRO. We have prepared these FAQs to help explain the resignation process. Additional details not covered here can be found in the Compendium of ASCAP Rules & Regulations and ASCAP’s Survey and Distribution System Rules & Policies – both documents can be viewed and downloaded at our Governing Documents page.
Glossary of Terms
- Resignation Effective Date: the date on which a request to resign from ASCAP membership, submitted within the notification window and formally acknowledged by ASCAP, will take effect
- Removal Effective Date: the date on which a resigned member’s musical works are no longer part of the ASCAP repertory
- Notification window: an annual three-month period, based on your election date to ASCAP, during which an ASCAP member who wants to resign must notify ASCAP of their intention
- License-in-Effect: any license agreement between ASCAP and a music user that is signed and final at the time of your Resignation Effective Date