The 2020 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.
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 a minimum upfront fee of $1492 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 2020.
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.
Request an ASCAP Digital License at https://licensing.ascap.com/?type=digital
Request a SESAC Internet License at https://sesac-website.s3.amazonaws.com/content/documents/internet_standard_v3_2020.pdf
2020 Minimum Annual Fee - $381.00
1.78% of Total Gross Revenue
Get a BMI Digital Broadcaster License at https://www.bmi.com/digital_licensing
2020 Minimum Annual Fee - $500 per station/channel (>100 stations/channels - $50000)
$0.0018 per performance (non-subscription transmissions)
$0.0024 per performance (subscription transmissions)
Request SoundExchange 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 SoundExchange Licensing. You have to pay a one time set-up fee of $25 and the pricing schedule is a follows: (excluding Soundexchange)
1 – 199 -> $259/year
200 – 499 -> $399/year
500 – 1999 -> $799/year
2000 – 5999 ->$1,179/year
6000 – 14999 -> $1,999/year
15000+ -> $2,949/year
A license can be acquired directly fromhttps://apps.christiancopyrightsolutions.com/purchase-license.aspx?svc=wcpm
You can acquire a SoundExchange license by contacting them at
https://apps.christiancopyrightsolutions.com/purchase-license.aspx?svc=wcpm. The minimum annual fee is $500.