If this is the case, the publisher membership must be structured as a partnership, corporation or LLC.
While our competitors do not charge application fees for writers to join, ASCAP membership has significant value and these benefits greatly outweigh the nominal fee.
As in the case of writers, a newly elected publisher member can receive royalties for surveyed performances that took place in the performance period covered in the distribution quarter in which the publisher is elected.
For publishers, there is a time lag of approximately six (6) months between performance and royalty processing.
If additional documentation is required to process your application please provide the information within 90 business days of submission.
Upon receipt of this documentation your application will be processed within 10 business days.A publisher membership allows you to collect the publisher share of a song's performance royalties.Applications for ASCAP writer and publisher memberships can be obtained on our website ( by clicking the "join" button.Upon receipt and processing of your payment you will be supplied with instructions to complete your application.The fee for processing a check, money order or foreign credit card payment is .You can join ASCAP as a publisher if you (or your business, partnership, corporation, etc.) are actively engaged in the music publishing business, and assume the financial risk involved in publishing music.You are also eligible for a publisher membership if you are a writer and have not assigned your publishing rights to someone else.You may join ASCAP if you do not have a valid US Social Security Number or are not a US citizen; however, additional income reporting documentation must be provided with your application.Please go to the IRS website (irs.gov) to obtain a W8-BEN form.ASCAP does not register music for the purpose of copyright protection; this is the responsibility of the writer(s) and publisher(s) of any given work.You can register your music for copyright protection through the Library of Congress which can be reached at 202-707-3000 or on the web at gov. Whether or not you receive royalties for performances of your work(s) that occurred before you became an ASCAP member will depend upon when the performance(s) of the work(s) occurred.