What is ACE?
ASCAP Clearance Express (“ACE”) is a searchable database that contains (i) information relating to musical works in the ASCAP Repertory (as that term is defined in the Compendium of ASCAP Rules and Regulations, and Policies Supplemental to the Articles of Association) that have appeared in ASCAP’s domestic performance surveys, including foreign works licensed by ASCAP for public performance in the United States, as well as most works registered with ASCAP since January 1, 1991, whether surveyed or unsurveyed; (ii) information relating to musical works that were formerly in the ASCAP Repertory, but remain licensed by ASCAP for Licenses-in-Effect (as that term is also defined in the Compendium); and (iii) information that may be used to determine whether a particular composer, writer or music publisher is a member of ASCAP or a member of an affiliated foreign society. In addition, the ACE database includes copyrighted arrangements of works in the public domain. The ACE database is updated weekly.
Shares of Works Controlled by ASCAP:
The ACE database now includes aggregate ASCAP share information for each work as well as the ASCAP-controlled writer and publisher interests of each work on ACE.
Writer and Publisher Information:
All writers (regardless of the writer’s society affiliation) will appear on each work in the ACE database, along with the name of the writer’s performing rights organization (“PRO”), and the writer’s Interested Party Interface (“IPI”) number, in each case, as reported by CIS-Net.
Only ASCAP member publishers or publishers affiliated with foreign societies whose interests are licensed by ASCAP for the U.S. will appear on each work in the ACE database, along with such publisher’s contact information (or administrator’s contact information, if applicable).
The ACE database may contain information relating to musical works that are written by ASCAP writer members and/or writers who are either affiliated with other PROs (whether U.S. or foreign), or not affiliated with any PRO.
Information Applicable to U.S. (including its territories and possessions) Only:
The ACE database shows aggregated shares, PRO affiliation, and publisher ownership information for the U.S. (including its territories and possessions) only. Additionally, the publisher contact shown on ACE database is intended for music users solely within the U.S. Music users outside the U.S. should contact PROs or mechanical rights licensing organizations in their territory for publisher contact information. ACE contains publisher information and should not be used for record label purposes. The publisher name and address provided in the ACE database (as the result of a publisher or title query) may be the contact information for the publisher or administrator of only certain rights in a work, and, therefore, may not necessarily be the contact information for the copyright owner of that work.
Catalogs Available for Viewing and Download:
ACE enables the user to view and download information regarding all works included in ACE, as well as works of an ASCAP writer or publisher member, or the works of a writer affiliated with another PRO that are licensed by ASCAP for performances in the U.S. ACE also enables the user to view and download the combined ASCAP catalogs of the following music publishers that own, control or administer multiple catalogs: BMG Rights Management Group, EMI Music Publishing Group, Sony Music Publishing Group, Universal Music Publishing Group and Warner/Chappell Music Group. Note: Given the extensive size of these publishers' catalogs (as well as the downloadable ASCAP Repertory), downloading their catalogs (and the ASCAP Repertory) will require a text viewer/editor capable of opening very large files.
If there is a dispute pending as to ownership or other rights with respect to a work, ACE advises the user to "Contact ASCAP For More Information." To contact ASCAP for information about a listing on ACE, click here, or call us at (800) ASCAP-95 and ask for Repertory Department.
Resigned Members and Removed Works:
Members may resign from ASCAP and elect to remove their works from the ASCAP repertory, or remove their interests in works created in collaboration with other ASCAP members who have not resigned from ASCAP. ACE provides information as to such works. ASCAP’s rules and regulations provide that ASCAP will continue to license public performances of such removed works, or removed interests in such works, under Licenses-in-Effect (as that term is also defined in the Compendium of ASCAP Rules and Regulations, and Policies Supplemental to the Articles of Association). For such works, ACE shows the effective date with respect to such Licenses-in-Effect for resigned members with interests in those works. Similarly, with respect to collaborative works, ASCAP will continue to license public performances of such works for so long as ASCAP continues to have the right to license such works. However, the removed interests will not be included in the “Total Current ASCAP Share” percentage or the “ASCAP controls” writer or publisher percentage share information.
Works restored to copyright protection
A list of ASCAP works to which copyright protection has been restored for the balance of the current 75 year copyright term, calculated from the year of original publication.