Well... they all pay the same (88%). BMI is the largest. ASCAP costs $50 to join. You wanting direct deposit or check? The minimums are different... who would be performing the music? Which organization are they a member of? Technically SESAC exists too but... I want to say ASCAP may have more cost of living benefits discounts. Just kind of depends on what the royalties are for...
Hey, this ain't country western
It's just soft-rock feminist crap
And I thought they'd struck bottom
Back back in the days of Ronnie Milsap
Now they can't stop the flood of as&#oles
There ain't a big enough ASCAP
I've been with BMI for about 49 years. I still get the occasional payment for works from 1972. I remember a friend in L.A. telling me there was a place they played that had a sign on the stage that read "Don't play ASCAP tunes!".
Born into a creative environment, Joshua Redman always had an affinity for making music. His father, Dewey Redman, was a renowned saxophonist, and his mother, Renee Shedroff, was a dancer. Although he started playing the clarinet in fourth grade and then switched to saxophone, he entered college...
You'll be ok with either. One slight ASCAP advantage is the annual plus/standard awards which are not that difficult to get. (I think I have over ten of them and some from years with not a heck of a lot of activity.) They usually give $250 - $1000. If something material doesn't get monitored they're pretty good about accepting a notification through their online tool. Neither are reliable for monitoring of broadcast materials, which seem totally random.
30 years ago I joined BMI because my teacher (Yusef Lateef) recommended it. I believe he told me something about the way BMI regarded concert music.
I have since composed and arranged a lot of music that is getting performed a lot of places, generally in live concerts — not in broadcast situations (Broadcast is the B in BMI).
I've received very little in payment from BMI, thought I don't know if it'd be different had I gone with ASCAP instead.
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