Quick Answer: Can you sign up for both BMI and Ascap?

Do you need both BMI and ASCAP?

If you played a song with an ASCAP streaming license and another song licensed with BMI, you’d have to pay both ASCAP licensing fees and BMI licensing fees. That means you must stay in close contact with the PRO you’ve partnered with.

Can I be a writer with BMI and a publisher with ASCAP?

Yes, a BMI writer can have an ASCAP publishing entity.

Does BMI pay more than ASCAP?

In all likelihood, it depends who you are and what you value in a PRO. If you’re registering with a PRO for the sole purpose of collecting royalty payments, then the truth is that ASCAP and BMI do the same thing in that regard.

Do I need ASCAP if I have Distrokid?

Do I Have to as an Artist? We do not register your music BMI or ASCAP. You also don’t have to after you distribute your music through us.

Which one is better BMI or ASCAP?

Today, BMI represents more artists and songs than ASCAP, though ASCAP numbers remain extremely impressive. BMI has a million members and about 15 million songs, while ASCAP has about 735,000 members and 11.5 million songs.

The Differences Between ASCAP & BMI.

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Does BMI own your music?

No. BMI only represents its members in their role as songwriters, composers and publishers of songs and scores. Getting a record deal is not within the scope of our business.

Does BMI collect from Spotify?

And actually most of the songwriter money you make from Spotify and Apple Music (etc) streams do NOT come from ASCAP or BMI (or SESAC or SOCAN or PRS). Ok, lemme break this down in plain musician language. “Songwriters” write compositions (songs). “Artists” make recordings OF compositions.

Does ASCAP copyright your music?

ASCAP does not register music for the purpose of copyright protection; this is the responsibility of the writer(s) and publisher(s) of any given work. You can register your music for copyright protection through the Library of Congress which can be reached at 202-707-3000 or on the web at www.loc.gov.

Does DistroKid register your music?

DistroKid does not copyright your music for you or register your songs for copyright, DistroKid simply distributes your music. DistroKid also does not register your music with any publishers or performance rights organizations.

How much does it cost to register a song with ASCAP?

How much does it cost to become a member? There is a one-time, $50 fee for submission of an application. This fee is non-refundable, but ASCAP does not charge annual dues or fees.

Is Distrokid and BMI the same?

But today, ASCAP and BMI do the exact same thing: collect all your performance royalties, and send that money to your bank. Distrokid and other similar services are only for distribution and collect mechanical royalties for digital streams and sales.

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Can I switch from BMI to ASCAP?

If you’re a songwriter who belongs to both BMI and ASCAP, you’ll need to cancel your current membership with either one. Log into your account using the link provided. As a music publisher, you can join both ASCAP and BMI as a separate business entity.

Does BMI collect streaming royalties?

To the extent that music usage information has been submitted to us, we will distribute royalties for streams of your music over digital music services licensed by BMI. Specific to digital music services, works can become eligible for both a CURRENT ACTIVITY PAYMENT as well as a STREAMING HITS BONUS.