this will display a link for the writer and publisher applications. You can only belong to one society at a time as a writer for licensing public performances in the United States; however, you can be a publisher at multiple societies.You can transfer as a writer to ASCAP from your current society, but you will need to contact your current society to obtain the appropriate information to make the switch.ASCAP does not register music for the purpose of copyright protection; this is the responsibility of the writer(s) and publisher(s) of any given work.
As a newly elected writer member, you can receive royalties for surveyed performances that took place in the performance period covered by the distribution quarter in which you are elected.
For writers, there is a time lag of approximately seven (7) to eight (8) months between performances and royalty processing.
Once you activate your Member Access account, you will have the ability to update personal details (e.g., address, bank account information, etc.), view and print the entitled party and share details of your Works, view and download ASCAP performance statements, register your works and electronically create and track service requests to ASCAP.
Future online resources for ASCAP members will be provided via Member Access so activation of your account is highly recommended.
A publisher membership allows you to collect the publisher share of a song's performance royalties.
Applications for ASCAP writer and publisher memberships can be obtained on our website ( by clicking the "join" button.FAQs, a downloadable Title Registration Guide and a video tutorial are available for your reference.If you need additional assistance, please log onto your Member Access account and submit a Member Service Inquiry.As in the case of writers, a newly elected publisher member can receive royalties for surveyed performances that took place in the performance period covered in the distribution quarter in which the publisher is elected.For publishers, there is a time lag of approximately six (6) months between performance and royalty processing.Furthermore, our competitors typically charge a fee for publishing companies (0-0) that is greater than the collective costs of joining ASCAP as a writer and publisher.If you don't have a US-issued Visa, Master Card or American Express credit or debit card, you must first supply ASCAP with another form of payment using the ASCAP Processing Fee Form.Title registrations are essential to the proper distribution of performance royalties and should be submitted to ASCAP once a musical work has been fully created.After you receive confirmation of your election to ASCAP membership, please allow five (5) business days before you attempt to register your works with ASCAP for the first time.If this is the case, the publisher membership must be structured as a partnership, corporation or LLC.While our competitors do not charge application fees for writers to join, ASCAP membership has significant value and these benefits greatly outweigh the nominal fee.