Pay the Fees or Block US Listeners
The 2017 fee schedule for internet broadcasters transmitting licensed music to listeners in the United States has increased substantially for small broadcasters. Your options are to follow the new schedule (described below) or to completely block US listeners.
If you’re broadcasting through Primcast, we can set your station to block all US listeners, or guide you to getting your station legal, by acquiring the appropriate licenses. New customers, call or chat with us for a free consultation.
***Worship Broadcasters, please scroll to bottom***
Royalty Fees for Internet Broadcasters
Any internet broadcaster streaming licensed music to users in the United States, must get licensed by all three Performance Right Organizations, BMI, ASCAP and SESAC.
In addition, a recording performance license is required from SoundExchange.
To sum it all up, you must be licensed by BMI, ASCAP, SESAC and SoundExchange to legally broadcast online through your website or mobile app.
As an example a startup station with no revenue and minimal yearly impressions will still have to pay an upfront fee of $1399 to get licensed by all 4 entities above. Your upfront fee will be used as credit for your fees incurred throughout the year. Additional fees may be due based on your revenue and number of impressions.
Please see the fee schedule below in order to estimate your royalty fees for 2017.
Each of the entities below requires monthly or quarterly reports for gross revenue and or number of impressions. Primcast provides the monthly royalty reports required, however financial reports must be provided by your organization.
U.S. ASCAP Fee Schedule 2017
Request a ASCAP Digital License at https://licensing.ascap.com/?type=digital
SESAC Fee Schedule 2017
Request a SESAC Internet License at http://www.sesac.com/Licensing/internet.aspx
BMI Fee Schedule 2017
2017 Minimum Annual Fee - $352
1.75% of Total Gross Revenue
OR (Use whichever is less)
Music Area Revenue (Use this if your website is not dedicated to music streaming)
Music Area Revenue = Direct Music Area Revenue + Allocation of Run of Site Revenue/p>
Allocation of Run of Site Revenue = Run of Site Revenue x (Music Page Impressions)/(Total Page Impressions)
Music Area License Fee = Music Area Revenue x 2.5% OR (Music Page Impressions x 0.12)/1000 (Whichever is greater)
Get a BMI Digital Broadcaster License at https://apps.bmi.com/licensing/nmwebsite.jsf
Sounds Exchange Fee Schedule 2017
2017 Minimum Annual Fee - $500
$0.0017 per performance (non-subscription transmissions)
$0.0022 per performance (subscription transmissions)
Request Sound Exchange License for Webcasters: firstname.lastname@example.org
A special licensing model is available for worship broadcasters in the United States, however it does not include Sound Exchange Licensing. The pricing schedule is a follows: (excluding soundexchange)
Average Weekly Attendance
1 – 199 -> $250/year
200 – 499 -> $380/year
500 – 1999 -> $765/year
2000 – 5999 ->$1015/year
6000 – 14999 -> $1290/year
15000+ -> $1840/year
A license can be acquired directly from https://apps.christiancopyrightsolutions.com/purchase-license.aspx?svc=wcpm.
You can acquire a Sound Exchange license by contacting them at email@example.com. The minimum annual fee is $500.