Performance Rights Organizations (PROs)


American Society of Composers Authors & Publishers - Protects the rights of its members by licensing and distributing royalties for the non-dramatic public performances of their copyrighted works


Broadcast Music, Inc. - Non-profit company, founded in 1940, collects license fees on behalf of those American creators it represents, as well as thousands of creators from around the world who chose BMI for representation in the United States


Currently celebrating its 75th year of operation, SESAC was founded in 1930, making it the second oldest performing rights organization in the United States.


The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada - SOCAN is an organization that administers in Canada the performing rights of virtually the world's entire repertoire of copyright-protected music.

Sound Exchange 

A dynamic and modern organization comprised of large, medium and small recording companies, united in the vision of receiving a fair price for the licensing of their music in a new digital world.



Music Publishers Association - Currently representing over 800 American music publishers, NMPA has worked to interpret copyright law, educate the public about licensing, and safeguard the interests of its members.


HFA is the foremost mechanical licensing, collections, and distribution agency for U.S. music publishers. Our processes, culture, and technology are client-driven and results-oriented. We continually strive to add value and strength to the music rights industry.



A long tradition of promoting progress of the arts and protection for the works of authors.

Copyright Registration FAQ

Copyright Registration of Music

Fair Use

Search records of registered books, music, art, and periodicals, and other works. Includes copyright ownership documents.


What Is SoundExchange, ASCAP, BMI, PROs, HFA And How To Get All Your Royalties?

Ari Herstand explains it all in an easy to understand format.

MOLA - The Music We Perform  

An overview of royalties, rentals and rights

MOLA - Copyright Primer

Copyright Basics

Good info rom the Copyright Society of the USA website

Can I use that song?  FAQ

Answers to legal music questions

FAQ on Public Domain