American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

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The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a not-for-profit performance rights organisation. The ASCAP protects its' members musical copyrights. They do this by monitoring public performances of their music. In 2008, ASCAP collected over US$933 million in licensing fees. They distributed $817 million in royalties to its members. In the United States, ASCAP competes with two other PROs — Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) and the Society of European Stage Authors and Composers (SESAC).

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