Royalties and Payment
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You can submit a claim via OnStage right after you perform live, but there is a deadline:
DATE OF PERFORMANCE SUBMISSION DEADLINE
January 1 to March 31 June 30
April 1 to June 30 September 30
July 1 to September 30 December 31
October 1 to December 31 March 31 (following year)
If you miss the deadline, we will not be able to process your claim. Make OnStage a regular part of your post-show routine!
ASCAP OnStage is not a platform for reporting classical events, i.e., performances in the Symphonic, Recital and Educational fields. To report a Symphonic, Recital or Educational performance please visit the following link: Performance Notification
ASCAP must be able to license the performance or the claim will be declined. Most performances not a part of the Symphonic, Recital or Educational survey are eligible for processing by OnStage, but some are not based upon US copyright law (as described within 17 USC § 110), generally including non-licensable performances such as:
• musical theater
• teaching activities
• religious services
• livestock and agricultural exhibits
• government-sponsored events
• private parties
• non-permitted events
ASCAP rules permit living members to assign some or all of his or her royalties in certain situations. Permitted assignments include (a) an assignment to repay an advance, loan or line or credit, (b) an assignment to a corporation or similar entity, at least 95% owned by one or more ASCAP writer member(s), (c) an assignment to a living trust, or (d) an assignment to a family member, non-profit, foundation, or charity. Given the unique needs of the estates of writer members, ASCAP also permits the estate to sell or irrevocably assign the right to receive ASCAP writer royalties.
All royalty assignments require a $75.00 processing fee.
If you are interested in assigning your royalties, you may request the required forms in ASCAP Member Access via Member Service Inquiry or by calling ASCAP’s Member Services department at 1-800-95ASCAP (1-800-952-7227). For more information about these assignments, see the Compendium of ASCAP Rules and Regulations, available on our Governing Documents page.