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Protect Your Art

Protect your intellectual property with YEM's Admin Foundation Service Packages

You hear stories of copyright infringement lawsuits between lesser known local artists and major label artists and think, "It won't happen to me." If you do not have all of your administrative paperwork in place to protect your music, it can very well happen to you, too.

Indie Artists have to build a solid foundation administratively that carries the same weight as major labels. The resources and organizations are available to them but lack of knowledge and the unwillingness of industry leaders to share this knowledge leaves Indie Artists slacking in that area. Our goal is to help artists establish:

PRO Membership Song Catalogs

Business Ethics Admin Rights

Knowledge Is Power

YEM will provide Song Registration and Membership Reports for each step taken in building your administrative foundation. This includes thorough explanations of how each step ties-in with one another so you can be enabled to manage your song catalogs yourself.

Who and What

Performance rights organizations (PROs) provide intermediary functions, particularly royalty collection, between copyright holders and parties who wish to use copyrighted works publicly in locations such as shopping and dining venues. Legal consumer purchase of works, such as buying CDs from a music store, confer private performance rights. PROs usually only collect royalties when use of a work is incidental to an organization's purpose. Royalties for works essential to an organization's purpose, such as theaters and radio, are usually negotiated directly with the rights holder.

These organizations include but are not limited to:

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (commonly known as ASCAP ('æskæp)) is an American not-for-profit performance-rights organization (PRO) that protects its members' musical copyrights by monitoring public performances of their music, whether via a broadcast or live performance, and compensating them accordingly.

ASCAP collects licensing fees from users of music created by ASCAP members, then distributes them back to its members as royalties. In effect, the arrangement is the product of a compromise: when a song is played, the user does not have to pay the copyright holder directly, nor does the music creator have to bill a radio station for use of a song.

Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) is one of three United States performing rights organizations, along with ASCAP and SESAC. It collects license fees on behalf of songwriters, composers, and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members whose works have been performed.

SESAC, originally the Society of European Stage Authors and Composers, is the smallest of the three performance rights organizations in the United States. Whereas ASCAP and BMI operate on a not-for-profit basis, SESAC retains some income as profit. While ASCAP and BMI distribute all income from performance royalties to their composer and publisher affiliates (less an administrative fee), SESAC retains an undisclosed amount of performance royalty income. SESAC is also unique among the US performing rights organizations in that it does not offer open membership – one must be approved to join.

SoundExchange is a non-profit performance rights organization that collects royalties on the behalf of sound recording copyright owners (SRCOs — record labels, generally) and featured artists for non-interactive digital transmissions, including satellite and Internet radio.

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is a trade organization that represents the recording industry distributors in the United States. Its members consist of record labels and distributors, which the RIAA say "create, manufacture and/or distribute approximately 85% of all legally sold recorded music in the United States."

The International Standard Recording Code (ISRC), is an international standard code for uniquely identifying sound recordings and music video recordings. An ISRC code identifies a particular recording, not the work itself. Therefore, different recordings, edits, and remixes of the same work will each have their own ISRC code.

Mediabase is a music industry service that monitors radio station airplay in 180 US and Canadian markets. Mediabase publishes music charts and data based on the most played songs on terrestrial and satellite radio, and provides in-depth analytical tools for radio and record industry professionals. Mediabase charts and airplay data are used on many popular radio countdown shows and televised music awards programs. Music charts are published in both domestic and international trade publications and newspapers worldwide. Mediabase is a division of Clear Channel Communications, Inc.