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American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP):
Self-described “professional organization of 555,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers, owned and run by its members, and the world leader in performance royalties, advocacy and service for music creators.”
Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)
Licenses non-dramatic music public performance rights granted under the Copyright Act on behalf of the holders thereof. Broadcast and cable radio and TV stations require such licenses, as (generally) do hotels, nightclubs, bars, and other entities that use or incorporate music as part of their regular public activities.
SESAC (Society of European Stage Authors and Composers)
Known since the 1940s by its acronym and now international in scope, SESAC describes itself as "the nation’s leading provider of licensing and rights management services and simplify the administration of musical compositions and master recordings."
"The independent nonprofit collective management organization that collects and distributes digital performance royalties to featured artists and copyright holders. We represent recording artists – from unsigned a cappella to acid rock to multi-platinum stars and master rights owners including major and independent record labels."
Unions, Guilds, and Similar Entities
American Federation of Musicians (ARM)
Labor union representing U.S. and Canadian professional musicians.
Future of Music Coalition
"Washington D.C.-based nonprofit organization supporting a musical ecosystem where artists flourish and are compensated fairly and transparently for their work. . . . FMC works with musicians, composers and industry stakeholders [to] promote strategies, policies, technologies and educational initiatives that always put artists first while recognizing the role music fans play in shaping the future. FMC works to ensure that diversity, equality and creativity drives artist engagement with the global music community, and that these values are reflected in laws, licenses, and policies that govern any industry that uses music as raw material for its business.”
Music Publishers Association
Music Publishers Association is the oldest music trade organization in the United States, fostering communication among publishers, dealers, music educators, and all ultimate users of music. This non-profit association addresses itself to issues pertaining to every area of music publishing with an emphasis on the issues relevant to the publishers of print music for concert and educational purposes
Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)
"[T]he trade organization that supports and promotes the creative and financial vitality of the major music companies. Its members comprise the most vibrant record industry in the world, investing in great artists to help them reach their potential and connect to their fans. Nearly 85% of all legitimate recorded music produced and sold in the United States is created, manufactured or distributed by RIAA members.”