ASCAP Payment System

Keeping Track of Performances

Each year, ASCAP processes hundreds of billions of performances of ASCAP music in the 700,000+ broadcast and live venues we license, throughout the country. Whenever it is economically sensible, ASCAP will conduct a census survey, or complete count, of performances in a medium. We're able to count all performances in a medium when the cost of collecting and processing accurate data is a low enough percentage of the licensing revenue that the medium generates. 

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Where a census survey is impractical, we conduct a sample survey designed to be a statistically accurate representation of performances in a medium. All times of the day, all days of the year, every region of the country and all types and sizes of stations are represented in the ASCAP sample surveys. The greater the fee a licensee pays us, the more often that licensee is sampled. For example, a radio station that pays ASCAP $20,000 in license fees is sampled twice as often as a station that pays us $10,000.

Both our census and sample surveys are conducted using state-of-the-art technology to collect performance data. As technology becomes more sophisticated and economical, we expand our complete count of performances, and put more money in the pockets of ASCAP members.