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Why Join Organizations Like Ascap and BMI

Coming from a blue collar family I look at organizations such as ASCAP and BMI like a Union for artists, musicians, and songwriters. They make sure you are protected in music business dealings and ensure who did what on each song. Also they make sure payments and royalties through them are dispersed accordingly and that everyone is earning their proper percentage on each song.

Basically, the music industry can get down right nasty at times, just like any other industry. Organizations such as ASCAP and BMI are important so all the artists, musicians, and songwriters out there so that you won’t be exploited for the music your create. You deserve to be compensated for your art!



How Can You Join ASCAP or BMI?

I am a registered member of ASCAP, whichever is your preference is just fine but ASCAP and BMI are the ones you should look into. So since I am a member of ASCAP I am a little bias towards them but I’ve heard plenty of good things about BMI and their reputation is sound.

Basically either go to ASCAP.com or BMI.com to read the details (the links take you straight to the join page). I know with ASCAP theres an annual $50 payment due to join ASCAP. Make sure you follow all their instructions and what they require for you to join and please read carefully.



Now That You've Joined What Do You Do Now?

Make sure whenever your in the studio making tracks with people that ANYONE that contributed to the creation of that song helps you fill out a split sheet.

A split sheet shows all the songwriters who contributed to the song (songwriters is a loose term so even techincally music producers and beatmakers would be considered songwriters). Every songwriter is assigned a certain percentage agreed upon and based on the entire contribution to the song. Make sure everyone signs and dates their names next to their contribution percentage and make sure everyone gets copies.

Now when you drop your album or new tracks on ASCAP or BMI you can enter in that information so that it is on the books. That will ensure everyone is safe in regards to credits, level of contribution, as well as royalty payments.

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Travis "ShottyGunz Beatz" Schave is CEO/Founder/Music Producer at WeGotBeats.com. As well as helping your craft dope tracks and make beats, he is also in charge of our content making sure you get the right information to make decisions in your rap career.