Television

Television

An ASCAP Television License provides access to every genre and variety of music you may need to attract and entertain your viewers. 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 as soon as it is written or published.

Network License

ASCAP currently licenses the ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, and Univision broadcast networks with separate agreements. The ASCAP network licenses covers performances of all musical works originating from those networks. Content originating from other broadcast networks or from local stations is licensed though the Local Commercial TV agreement.

Local Commercial TV License

FCC-licensed full-power, local commercial stations can choose from three different form licenses offered pursuant to our agreement with the Television Music License Committee (TMLC) - the Blanket License, Per Program License and Adjusted Fee Blanket License. Regardless of which form license type you ultimately choose, the ASCAP Local Commercial TV License provides full access to ASCAP's ever-growing repertory.

Blanket License Effortless and uncomplicated. Stations licensed under a traditional ASCAP Blanket License are not required to submit reports to ASCAP in order to determine fees, as such blanket fees do not change based on that station's usage of ASCAP music.
Per Program License Based in part on the usage of ASCAP music, the Per Program License requires monthly electronic reporting to ASCAP of station revenues, programming and music usage in accordance with specific TMLC-approved formats and procedures. Stations will pay varying monthly fees based on the station's TMLC allocated blanket fee with consideration to the station's monthly revenues and ASCAP music usage.
Alternative Blanket License Effective as of January 2015, the Alternative Blanket License is a simple way to potentially lower your ASCAP fee if your station has a high percentage of local programs concentrated on news, sports and public affairs. The license does not require you to report data to ASCAP. Rather, ASCAP will determine your savings based on third party television program data.

Low Power Television License

FCC licensed Low Power, Class A and Translator stations can choose from two different form licenses.

Blanket License The Low Power Blanket License is an easy and affordable way to access ASCAP's vast repertory. Fees are based on the station's FCC City of License and Population. Stations need only complete the short rate form and may qualify for multiple discounts.
Low Power Per Program License The Low Power Per Program License requires monthly electronic reporting to ASCAP of station revenues, programming and music usage. Stations will pay varying monthly fees based on the station's blanket fee with consideration to the station's monthly revenues and ASCAP music usage.

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