As a representative of featured artists and sound recording copyright owners, AARC’s mission is to protect their long-term interests. In keeping with its mission, AARC provides the following list of organizations that serve the music industry or may be of assistance to it. Please click on the links provided below for more information.
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDANT MUSIC (A2IM)
A2IM is an organization of independent music labels that promotes business opportunity, provides advocacy and representation, as well as networking opportunities for the independent label community.
AFM & SAG-AFTRA INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS DISTRIBUTION FUND
The AFM & SAG-AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund distributes money to nonfeatured vocalists and nonfeatured musicians for the rental in Japan of US-produced sound recordings, Audio Home Recording Act (AHRA) monies, and statutory license royalties for the digital broadcast of sound recordings in the US pursuant to the DPRA (Digital Performance Rights in Sound Recordings Act of 1995) and DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998). The law provides that 5% of royalties collected by SoundExchange for a sound recording be allocated to nonfeatured artists. This money is forwarded to this Fund that, in turn, distributes 2.5% of the royalties to nonfeatured vocalists and 2.5% to nonfeatured musicians.
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS (AFM)
AFM is the largest organization in the world dedicated to representing the interests of professional musicians in the United States and Canada. AFM represents, negotiates, administers and protects the contractual rights of hundreds of thousands of professional members throughout the US and Canada.
AMERICAN SOCIETY OF COMPOSERS, AUTHORS & PUBLISHERS (ASCAP)
ASCAP is the only US performing rights organization controlled by composers, songwriters and music publishers. ASCAP represents over 160,000 composers, lyricists and music publisher members as well as affiliated foreign writers and publishers by licensing, collecting fees and distributing royalties for the public performance of their copyrighted music works. ASCAP represents its members in the AHRA Musical Works proceedings regarding the “Publishers” and “Songwriters” subfunds.
BROADCAST MUSIC, INC (BMI)
BMI represents 300,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in all genres of music. It provides licensing, collection and distribution of royalty fees for publicly performed works including radio airplay, broadcast and cable television as well as those over Internet transmission and live performance. BMI represents its members in the AHRA Musical Works proceedings regarding the “Publishers” and “Songwriters” subfunds.
FUTURE OF MUSIC COALITION (FMC)
The Future of Music Coalition is a nonprofit collaboration between members of the music, technology, public policy and intellectual property law communities. The FMC seeks to educate the media, policymakers, and the public about music / technology issues, while also bringing together diverse voices in an effort to come up with creative solutions to some of the challenges in this space. The FMC also aims to identify and promote innovative business models that will help musicians and citizens to benefit from new technologies.
HARRY FOX AGENCY/NATIONAL MUSIC PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION (HFA) (NMPA)
The Harry Fox Agency Inc. is the licensing subsidiary of NMPA representing thousands of music publishers as the premier resource for the mechanical use of music reproduced in all formats. It serves as an information resource and clearing house for royalty collection, distribution and compliance. HFA represents its members in the AHRA Musical Works proceedings regarding the “Publishers” and “Songwriters” subfunds.
The Recording Academy® sponsors the annual Grammy® Awards. NARAS members include artists, musicians, songwriters, composers, engineers and industry professionals.
RECORDING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA (RIAA)
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is the trade group that represents the US recording industry. Its mission is to foster a business and legal climate that supports and promotes our members’ creative and financial vitality. Its members are the record companies that comprise the most vibrant national music industry in the world. RIAA members create, manufacture and/or distribute approximately 90% of all legitimate sound recordings produced and sold in the United States.
SAG-AFTRA is a diverse union, representing actors, recording artists, broadcasters and other professionals in television, radio, sound recordings, commercials, nonbroadcast/industrial programming and new technologies such as interactive programming and CD-ROMs. In addition to collective bargaining, SAG-AFTRA promotes artists’ interests through educational activities, legislative and legal work.
SESAC is the performance rights organization for songwriters and publishers with headquarters in Nashville, New York, Los Angeles and London. SESAC licenses, collects fees and distributes royalties for the public performance of its affiliates’ works. SESAC represents its members in the AHRA Musical Works proceedings regarding the “Publishers” and “Songwriters” subfunds.
Visit Sony Music’s royalty locator to search for missing royalties for Sony Music participants.
SoundExchange is a non-profit royalty collection society, established by the US music industry to administer digital performance right royalties for Featured Artists and Sound Recording Copyright Owners. Digital Performance Right royalties come from a wide range of sources, including music streamed on the Internet and SiriusXM satellite radio.
US COPYRIGHT OFFICE
The Copyright Office is a branch of the US Library of Congress that oversees the implementation of the federal copyright laws, including issuing regulations and processing applications for the registration of copyrights. The Copyright Office collects the US hometaping royalties.
WARNER MUSIC GROUP
The Warner Music Group has a page on their website where royalty participants who believe that they are entitled to an accounting from WMG or have moved without notifying WMG can check to see if royalties are due to them. This page also contains instructions as to how to claim these royalties.