more often, and more widely.
In ASCAP, you are considered a member. ASCAP members elect who should beon the board of directors; whereas, in BMI it is owned by the broadcasters. The reasonwhy the licenses from ASCAP are more expensive then those from BMI are becauseASCAP performance licenses were based on the advertisement sales the radio stationswould get to create a profit. BMI would charge broadcasters what it would cost justbased on how many times they play a song. This brings us to royalty disbursement.ASCAP sends out a total of eight checks a year to an actively played artist
(four distributions cover performances in the United States and four cover foreignperformances).
This is because they already have a set fee and they will pay you on aquarterly basis. All they need to do is collect the information on how many times thesong is being played, and who owns the rights to the song. “More than $0.88 of eachdollar we collect goes right back to our members in royalties.
That is the highestdistribution ratio in the U.S.,”
(www.ascap.com/about/ascapadvantages).For domestic royalty checks ASCAP follows this system. A writer will receive, aquarterly domestic distribution check for the second quarter of 2009 (April, May, June)performances on January 2010. Then another quarterly domestic distribution for thethird quarter of 2009 (July, August, September) performances will be disbursed in April2010. The following quarterly domestic distribution for the fourth quarter of 2009(October, November, December) performances will be received in July 2010. Finally,the first quarter of 2010 quarterly domestic distribution (January, February, and March)performances will be collected by the writer in October 2010.