The ASCAP Corner

A continuing series of informative short articles by Todd Brabec

Licensing Songs for Video Games
In recent years, the video game industry has been the fastest growing area of the entertainment business. And music is a major part of many of these games.

2007 & 2008 Songwriter/Publishing Mechanical Royalties
The compulsory mechanical CD royalty rate for 2007 is 9.1¢ per composition (sometimes called the "minimum statutory rate) or 1.75¢ per minute for songs over 5 minutes (the latter timing royalty being sometimes referred to as the "long song" rate).

Licensing Hit Songs for Advertising Commercials
When an agency wants to use a hit song to advertise a product, they sign a license which allows them to do certain things during a specified period of time under certain conditions, with a termination of all rights after the agreement is over.

Home Video Licensing
The sale of DVDs and video cassettes is a major source of revenue for video divisions of companies and, depending on how a song is licensed, a potentially significant source of income for the songwriter and music publisher.

Sampling (Part One)
"Sampling" is when a songwriter, recording artist or record producer takes a portion of an existing song, existing recording, or both and puts them into a new song, recording or both.

Sampling (Part Two)
If a share of the copyright ownership is negotiated as part of the deal, the publisher of the new song will transfer a portion of the copyright (from 5% to 75% and sometimes 100%) to the publisher of the sampled composition.

Money for Performances - ASCAP
One of the largest sources of income for songwriters, composers and music publishers is the money received for performances of a writer's work on radio, television and cable stations, concert halls, wired music services, websites and other outlets for music.

Licensing Songs for Television Series
When a producer wants to use an existing song in a network television program or weekly series, permission must, with few exceptions, be secured from the music publisher who owns the song.

Music Business Lawyers: How They Charge
In a world of extremely complex contracts and business relationships, where one word in a 100-page agreement can mean the difference between financial security or bankruptcy, selection of an attorney is one of the more important choices that has to be made.

Music Publishers and What They Do
When a songwriter assigns a song to a music publisher, the publisher can help in a number of ways.

Broadway Musicals and the Money They Make
The Broadway theater has always held a certain glamour and fascination for both writers and those willing to invest their money.

Songwriter/Artist Development Deals
One of the ways that unsigned writer-performers can help with their recording career is to sign a development deal with a music publisher.

Getting Financing For Your Music Publishing Company
One of the ways that songwriters, producers and smaller record companies get financing for their music publishing companies is to sign a co-venture or joint venture deal with a major publisher.

Musical Telephones and Singing Fish: Making Money In Music
Everyone knows the hit albums, chart singles, movies, television series and commercials are the big money makers for songwriters and recording artists. But there's a lot more to the music industry than just the obvious big ticket items.

A special promotional compilation featuring a richly diverse collection of talent featured in our showcases or workshops