Performance Rights Organizations

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Performance Rights Organizations

Postby paulrace » Wed May 25, 2016 1:21 pm

Years ago, a friend's band had a national top-40 hit with a Joni Mitchell song. Joni got a nice check in the mail and my friends got nothing but "exposure" and record sales. Because when your song plays on the radio, you get a piece of it no matter who wrote it. When you sing someone else's song and it gets radio airplay, you may sell more CDs, but the airplay income goes to the songwriter.

Obviously you can't listen to every radio station in America and send individual invoices to them when they play songs you wrote. Nobody can, really. But there are organizations that survey radio stations and try to reward their members when they get significant airplay. They are called Performance Rights Organizations. The downside is that none of them cover 100%, so it's possible to have good, but sporadic airplay, and receive no money at all. Obviously the Top-40 crap that plays in heavy rotation in major markets gets the lion's share. But without a PRO on your side, your songs will never make money from airplay.

This thread will contain resources describing PROs as they become available.

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Re: Performance Rights Organizations

Postby paulrace » Wed May 25, 2016 1:22 pm

Here's an overview of what PROs do from Soundfly:

http://flypaper.soundfly.com/features/g ... affiliate/

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