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Do I Need to Register My Music with BMI or ASCAP?

As a songwriter, you are paid royalties by the one who plays your song every time. However, a songwriter cannot keep track of the times his song gets played; this is where BMI and ASCAP come to the purpose. BMI and ASCAP are performance rights organizations that protect the interests of all songwriters.

Most songwriters are confused if they’ve to register every song they create to these organizations. However, the song you create does not need to be registered with BMI or ASCAP. Although you have to provide the information to BMI or ASCAP, you’re good to go. BMI or ASCAP will only rely on the information you provide, and it won’t ask for a copy of your song.

You do not need to register with ASCAP and BMI. Registering all of your music with just one of the Performance Rights Organizations is preferable (PROs). Although you cannot register the same music with both PROs, you are permitted to register separate songs with both PROs. For instance, if you’re a BMI artist and you co-write a song with an ASCAP artist, the song may end up being registered with ASCAP, resulting in an unpleasant situation.

There are other PROs as well where a songwriter can register their songs. However, it is not compulsory to register. Once you provide the required information to BMI or ASCAP, you’ll be able to get your interests protected before releasing your song.

Scott Boyle

Scott Boyle

Hi, I'm Scott Boyle, a music producer, trumpet player, and marketer with a passion for all things digital. My journey in the industry started when I was just a teenager, tinkering with Ableton Live on my computer. Since then, I've worked with some of the biggest names in the UK, helping them to promote their music through digital platforms. With my expertise in marketing and my love for music, I'm confident that I can help artists take their careers to the next level. I'm always eager to share my knowledge with others and explore new ideas, so feel free to reach out and say hello!



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