ASCAP Plus Awards
The ASCAP Plus Awards program rewards ASCAP writer members of children's music, concert music, jazz and musical theatre with a value beyond the scope of performance surveys.
The 2021 Plus Awards application will be available in Member Access
in the spring. Check back for updates.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE
ASCAP writer members of children's music, concert music, jazz and musical theatre, who received less than $25,000 in domestic performance royalties in the previous calendar year are eligible for consideration for ASCAP Plus Awards.
Only ASCAP members who have at least one work registered in the ASCAP Repertory and who have selected direct deposit as their default payment method for ASCAP royalties will be eligible for consideration for Plus Awards.
Do you write a genre of music other than those listed above? Send us your setlists through our ASCAP OnStage program, to receive royalties for your performances in ASCAP-licensed venues in the United States.
HOW AWARDS ARE DETERMINED
The ASCAP Plus Awards program recognizes writer members whose works are substantially performed in media not surveyed by ASCAP, or whose works have a unique prestige value for which adequate compensation would not otherwise be received. The awards are determined by an independent panel of distinguished music experts who are neither members nor employees or ASCAP.
The Plus Awards are not a competition. The panel bases its decisions solely on the merit of the information provided in the application in the context of all others applying.
Decisions regarding recipients of the Plus Awards will be final and non-reviewable. ASCAP's failure to enforce any terms of these rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.
AREAS REVIEWED BY DIVISION
- Children's Music
- Concert Music (a.k.a. classical, including orchestral, chamber, wind ensemble/concert band, choral, opera, electroacoustic, liturgical and educational music)
- Jazz (including works composed for individuals and small or large jazz ensembles)
- Musical Theatre (including cabaret and other types of music paired with a dramatic narrative and intended for stage)
HOW TO APPLY FOR AN ASCAP PLUS AWARD
Get started by logging into your Member Access account - the application form is in the Works menu, on the left side navigation bar. Before you apply, gather a list of the recordings, public performances or other uses of your music in the previous calendar year that you would like to be considered in your application. You will need to include the name, date and performing artist for each release/recording.
- REGISTER YOUR MUSIC All of your music should appear in the My Catalog tab before you apply for a Plus Award. If any of it is missing, click "Register a Work" and submit a new registration.
- ACTIVATE DIRECT DEPOSIT You're required to choose Direct Deposit as your payment preference before we can accept your Plus Awards application. In the My Royalties tab, select "Manage Statement & Payment Preferences" and click "ADD NEW DIRECT DEPOSIT ACCOUNT." If you already use Direct Deposit, you’re all set.
- APPLY When the application opens in the spring, complete the ASCAP Plus Awards application in Member Access. Report only activity which took place in the past year. Do not include information that was submitted in previous Plus Awards applications.
*Please note: Submitting a Plus Awards application is not a substitute for registering your works with ASCAP, or advising us of performances that would otherwise be credited through our normal distribution surveys. Make sure to register your works via Member Access, and let us know of your live performances at ASCAP-licensed venues through our online Performance Notification form (for Concert Music composers) and ASCAP OnStage (for other genres). Performances submitted using the Performance Notification Form will be considered during the review of your Plus Awards application.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
You will be notified of the Plus Awards panel's decision toward the end of the year.
All awards are paid in the following January writer distribution.
GENERAL TERMS & CONDITIONS
By submitting a Plus Awards application, you agree to be bound by these rules and the decisions of the independent panel reviewing applications and ASCAP, which are final and binding in all respects. The total amounts available for the Plus Awards program are determined by the Board of Directors of ASCAP in accordance with ASCAP’s Survey and Distribution System: Rules & Policies. ASCAP reserves the right in its sole discretion to reduce or eliminate the amount available for Plus Awards for any calendar year.
By submitting a Plus Awards application, you agree that: (1) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with the Plus Awards shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York or the appropriate Supreme Court of the State of New York located in New York County; (2) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with applying to the Plus Awards, but in no event attorneys' fees; and (3) under no circumstances will you be entitled to receive, and you hereby waive all rights to claim, indirect, punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased.
All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these rules, or the rights and obligations of you and ASCAP in connection with the Plus Awards, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of New York or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of New York. Void where prohibited.