A performance rights organisation (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. Legal consumer purchase of works, such as buying CDs from a music store, confer private performance rights. PROs usually only collect royalties when use of a work is incidental to an organisation’s purpose. Royalties for works essential to an organisation’s purpose, such as theaters and radio, are usually negotiated directly with the rights holder.
In some countries PROs are called copyright collectives or copyright collecting agencies. A copyright collective is more general than a PRO as it is not limited to performances and includes reproduction rights organisations (RROs). RROs represent works distributed via mediums such as CD, audiocassette, or computer file rather than use of works in public settings.
Publishing and Rights collections (offline) is not part of what we do and it not necessary in all cases. However, you can register your music and get paid royalties for TV, Radio and other airplay and use of your music. Simply select one of the PRO’s and register each track you have.
It is usually not necessary to register per country, most of these can do it globally. Some local PRO’s:
- ASCAP or BMI if based in US
- BUMA/Stemra in the Netherlands
- Sabam in Belgium
- Sacem in France
- Gema in Germany
- SoundExchange both US and global
- OSA in Czech Republic