If you create music, you need a performing rights organization.  In the United States, the two PRO’s are ASCAP and BMI.

A performance rights organization (PRO), also known as a performing rights society, provides intermediary functions, particularly collection of royalties, between copyright holders and parties who wish to use copyrighted works publicly in locations such as shopping and dining venues.

The biggest names in PROs in the United States are ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC. In Canadian there is SOCAN.

You need to create one or the other, NOT BOTH!

The following is a basic overview of how to create your ASCAP OR BMI account.

ASCAP

Visit ASCAP.com and locate the menu.  Select Music Creators and in the drop down select JOIN.

At this point, you will select the type of account you want to create.  If you produce music, write songs, or are an artist that records and releases songs you need a Writer account.
Enter your personal information and answer a few questions.
From here you will be prompted to enter some information about where you want your royalties to go and submit.

BMI

Visit BMI.com and select CREATORS from the menu and JOIN BMI from the submenu.

At this point, you will select the type of account you want to create.
If you produce music, write songs, or are an artist that records and releases songs you need a Writer account.

Enter your personal information and answer a few questions.

From here you will be prompted to enter some information about where you want your royalties to go and submit.
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