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Royalties and Other Back-End Payment Systems Explained
Explanations of different types of royalties, including performing rights royalties (ASCAP/BMI/SESAC), mechanical royalties, and other kinds of back-end payment structures
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What are performing rights royalties?
Here's a quick introduction to the subject:ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC are performing rights organizations in the United States. Their main function is to collect performing rights royalties from those who commercially use the music of their member writers and publishers. They distribute royalties to ...
What are some of the types of "back-end" royalties?
Back-end royalties refer to royalties or payments that are made after a film is released. In the area of film and television music, these royalties generally fall into 2 categories:Performance Royalties - royalties paid by performing rights societies (see "What are Performing Royalties" question ...
What is a cue sheet?
A cue sheet is a document which is filed with the performing rights societies and contains a detailed listing of each piece of music used in a film or television production. The cue sheet is usually prepared by the music editor for a production, but can also be prepared by the composer if the co ...