Maximize Your Membership with ASCAP OnStage

By Tyler Edmonston  •  March 27, 2015

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 2014, we paid OnStage royalties to more than 6000 ASCAP songwriters for over 32,000 live events. Want to get in on the action? Here's how to get started.


This is required before you can set up OnStage. Log in to the Member Access account connected to your ASCAP writer membership. Select “Edit” in the “Payment Method” section of the “My Royalties” tab, click on “Add New Direct Deposit Account” and enter your bank information.

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Once you have direct deposit set up, click the “ASCAP OnStage” button on the right side of your Member Access account. If you’re on tour, you can submit your OnStage setlists on the go with the ASCAP Mobile App.


Click “My Setlists.” This page is used to identify your performed songs and archive your setlists. If you go on tour and play the same songs for each show, you can input your setlist once, and reuse it for multiple concerts.

Choose “add a setlist” and enter a name for your setlist.

Select “Add works/compositions” and 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" at the top or bottom of the page.

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Keep in mind, your OnStage setlist 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 setlist.

On the bottom of the screen, add any songs you performed but didn’t write by selecting “Add a cover song.”


Now that your setlist is ready, click the “My Performances” button to submit your show.

Similar to the “My Setlists” section, “My Performances” can be used to keep track of your shows. Use the “Performance Date” and “Status” dropdown menus to filter through all of your OnStage submissions at any time.

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Select “Add a performance.” On the next screen, click “Select a venue,” enter the venue name and 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, you can fill in the “Performance Information” section. In the “Music Performed” section, choose your saved setlist from the dropdown menu.

You can provide additional details about your performance in the comments section. Be sure to check the box indicating you agree to the Member Access Terms and Conditions. Finally, click “submit” - congratulations, you’ve officially sent in your OnStage claim!


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!

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 for specific dates.


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


Find out more about OnStage and read an OnStage FAQ at