An ASCAP Radio License provides access to every genre and variety of music you may need to attract and entertain your listeners. Each of our licensees has access to millions of musical works from over 600,000 ASCAP songwriters, composers, and publishers as well as works from over 90 affiliated societies from all over the world. An ASCAP License also allows our licensees the right to perform new music from ASCAP members as soon as it is written or published.
Radio Music License Committee (RMLC) Local Commercial Radio License
The 2010 - 2016 Radio Station License Agreement, developed jointly by ASCAP and the Radio Music License Committee (RMLC), is available to all eligible commercial FCC-licensed stations that are either represented by the RMLC or have agreed to be bound by the terms of the ASCAP/RMLC agreement. Fees are calculated based on a percentage of station revenue, either on a Blanket basis, which eliminates the need to examine music usage information in the calculation of fees, or, on a Program Period basis, which requires a station to examine music usage information in order to calculate fees. All stations are required to electronically submit Annual Revenue Reports to ASCAP, and stations electing to calculate and pay fees on a Program Period basis must additionally submit to ASCAP music usage information in order to assess their Program Period fees.
The current agreement expires on December 31, 2016. Click here for questions and answers about the expiration of the ASCAP 2010 Radio Station License. Stations that are not represented by the RMLC should download, sign and return to us an Extension Agreement as soon as possible so that they will continue to be licensed by ASCAP after December 31, 2016.
National Religious Broadcasters Music License Committee (NRBMLC) Local Commercial Radio Station License
The recently negotiated NRBMLC Radio Station License covering the period January 1, 2008 through December 31, 2018 was approved by the ASCAP Rate Court on January 4, 2016. A copy of the License is available below. All stations will be required to electronically submit annual revenue reports to ASCAP. Moreover, stations electing to calculate and pay fees on a Program Period basis must additionally submit to ASCAP music usage information in order to assess their Program Period fees and can do so by completing the Certification Form available below.
Noncommercial Radio Licenses
FCC-Licensed Noncommercial stations that are not affiliated with National Public Radio (NPR) calculate and pay fees under one of two categories:
Noncommercial Educational Stations Stations affiliated with an accredited college, university or other nonprofit educational institution, pay annual fees set by the Copyright Royalty Board as announced in the U.S. Federal Register. Fees are currently calculated based on the number of the institution’s full-time students. Stations are not required to sign an agreement.
Noncommercial Non-Educational Stations Stations not affiliated with an accredited college, university or other nonprofit educational institution, also pay annual fees set by the Copyright Royalty Board as announced in the U.S. Federal Register. The fees are determined based on the station’s population count and programming format and use of Feature Music. Stations are not required to sign an agreement.
Low Power Station Radio License
ASCAP offers to Low Power radio stations a simple license agreement that provides fees based on station wattage.