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ASCAP Governing Documents

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Listed below are links to downloadable documents that govern ASCAP and its relationship with its membership.

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Recent Updates

Sections 2.8 and 2.9 of “ASCAP's Survey and Distribution System: Rules & Policies” have been revised to reflect the Board of Directors' decisions to (i) expand the Radio Feature Premium to include payments for the most frequently performed songs on satellite radio and music streaming services, in addition to such performances on terrestrial radio, as well as for permanently qualifying works that also have performances in those media; and (ii) expand the Television Premium to include payments for performances on highly rated syndicated series airing on daytime and primetime network cable and satellite television. In addition, Section 2.2 has been revised to eliminate duplicative references to the new Audio Feature Premium and the Television Feature Premium (referred to in Sections 2.8 and 2.9, respectively) and the limits on the funds available for such payments.

In June 2014, ASCAP's Board of Directors shortened the notice period for Member resignations -- from notice due 6-9 months prior to the effective date of resignation to notice due 3-6 months prior to the effective date of resignation -- and included a timing chart for ease of reference. Section 1.11 of the Compendium of ASCAP Rules and Regulations sets out the rules relating to Member resignations.

At its September 18, 2014 meeting, the Board approved additional changes to the resignation process. Briefly summarized, the key changes are as follows:

  1. Resignation Notices Are Irrevocable: Except upon the express written consent of ASCAP, a notice of resignation by an ASCAP member is irrevocable. A resigning Member may apply for re-election to membership at any time following the effective date of the resignation. See Section 1.11.1.
  2. Clarifications Regarding Licenses-in-Effect: A Member's resignation is subject to rights or obligations existing between ASCAP and its licensees as of the Member's resignation date -- i.e., "Licenses-in-Effect," defined as final, written licenses between ASCAP and a music user (or final court orders or judgments setting out license terms). When a Member resigns, a music user that is a party to a License-In-Effect will continue to have the right to perform publicly all musical works in the ASCAP Repertory, including works that are the subject of a Member resignation, for the term of the License-in-Effect. See Section 1.11.3.
  3. Representations Required of Resigning Members: A Member that resigns from Membership is deemed to have made certain specific and legally binding representations, warranties and covenants to ASCAP. See Section 1.11.9.
  4. Indemnification of ASCAP by Resigning Members: A Member that resigns from Membership is deemed to have agreed to indemnify ASCAP (i.e., defend and hold ASCAP harmless) from and against certain claims arising out of that Member's resignation. See Section 1.11.10.

Members seeking to resign from ASCAP must submit their request via Member Access using the interface available under the "Member Status" tab of My Membership.

On September 17, 2013, US District Judge Denise Cote issued a ruling granting Pandora's motion for summary judgment on one issue involved in the streaming music company's pending rate court proceeding with ASCAP. As a practical matter, Judge Cote's ruling means that the music of the major publishers who had previously withdrawn new media rights from ASCAP will remain under ASCAP's blanket license with Pandora for the period beginning January 1, 2011 and continuing for the term of the license for which Judge Cote will determine Pandora’s fees at trial this December. Any publishers who planned to withdraw new media rights from ASCAP will not be able to do so while Judge Cote’s ruling remains in effect.