Maximize Your Membership with ASCAP OnStage

In a music climate filled with radio play, TV placements and online streaming, we often think of public performance income in terms of broadcasts. Though these sources may be the first to come to mind, live concerts are still an important part of your public performance income.

As a songwriter or composer, you bring value to live venues when you entertain customers with your music. It’s a skill that ASCAP proudly recognizes with ASCAP OnStage - a program that pays you royalties for every concert you play at an ASCAP-licensed venue in the US.

In 2016, we paid OnStage royalties to more than 8,500 ASCAP-licensed songwriters for over 43,500 live events. Want to get in on the action? Here's how to get started.

SIGN UP FOR DIRECT DEPOSIT

This is required before you can set up OnStage. Log in to the Member Access account connected to your ASCAP writer membership. Select “Payment Information” from the “Profile” section of the left side navbar, click on “Add +” and enter your bank information.

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Once you have direct deposit set up, click the OnStage link under "Works" on the navbar. If you’re on tour, you can submit your OnStage set lists on the go on the mobile version of Member Access.

CREATE A SET LIST

The OnStage landing page contains two sections: "Performances" and "Set Lists." The “Set Lists” section is used to identify your performed songs and archive your set lists. If you go on tour and play the same songs for each show, you can input your set list once, and reuse it for multiple concerts.

To get started, expand the "Set List" section, click “Add +” and enter a name for your set list.

Next, you will add the works you performed. Click "Add +" in the "Works" section, select the songs you performed by checking the box to the left of each work. Once you have selected all of the works you performed, click "Add to Setlist" at the bottom of the page. Keep in mind, your OnStage set list form is pre-populated with songs that you’ve registered with ASCAP. If you notice something is missing, register it in Member Access before you complete your set list. 

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On the main "Set List" screen, you can add any songs you performed but didn’t write by selecting “Add a cover song.” Keep in mind, you will only be paid for songs that you did write.

Once you're done, hit "Save" to go back to the main OnStage screen. 

SUBMIT YOUR PERFORMANCES

Now that your set list is ready, you can add a new performance. Expand the “Performances” section and click "Add +" to submit your show.

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On the next screen, enter the venue name, select the state and hit “Search.” Most venues will automatically match. If not, you can manually enter the information.

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Once a venue is selected, fill in the “Performance Info” section. In the “Music Performed” section, choose your saved set list from the dropdown menu.

Finally, click “Submit” - congratulations, you’ve officially sent in your OnStage claim!

SUBMISSION DEADLINES AND PAYMENT

The deadline for submitting OnStage performances is ongoing, starting from the top of the previous quarter to the current date, so be sure to make ASCAP OnStage a regular part of your post-show routine!

DATE OF PERFORMANCE SUBMISSION DEADLINE
January 1 to March 31 June 30
April 1 to June 30 September 30
July 1 to September 30 December 31
October 1 to December 31 March 31 (following year)

Like every other type of ASCAP performance, you will be paid your OnStage royalties six to nine months after your performance. Check the distribution schedule on ASCAP.com for specific dates.

ENCORE

Remember, you only need to submit OnStage submissions once, through one Member Access account, to credit all the entitled songwriters and publishers on the music you performed.

OnStage is not a platform for reporting classical concerts, recitals or performances at universities. To report one of those, visit the Performance Notification section of ascap.com.

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Find out more about OnStage and read an OnStage FAQ at ascap.com/onstage.