Becoming a SESAC affiliate
Q: How do I become a SESAC affiliate?
Thank you for your interest in SESAC as your potential Performing Rights Organization (PRO). SESAC stands apart from other PROs in a number of ways, including our exclusivity. Having a smaller affiliate base helps us create and maintain personalized relationships with our affiliates. In order to keep this PRO advantage, SESAC requires potential affiliates or their representatives to have a pre-existing relationship with a member of the Creative Services Department. At this time, SESAC is not taking unsolicited affiliation applications.
Q: Why should I choose SESAC over ASCAP and BMI?
SESAC is a technological leader among the nation’s performing rights organizations utilizing the top digital technologies to enhance its tracking of performances. SESAC, by design, is the smallest of the three U.S. performing rights organizations. Because of our size and our selectivity, SESAC can offer to our affiliates efficient and personalized services unique within the industry. We are also deeply committed to the continuing professional development of our affiliates. Additionally, there are no fees for SESAC services nor cost to affiliate.
Q: Can a songwriter be a member of all three performing rights organizations i.e. SESAC, BMI & ASCAP?
A songwriter can only be affiliated with one performing rights organization at a time. Music publishers, however, can be affiliated with all three societies at the same time as they often represent songwriter’s at all three organizations.
Q: What if I’m already a member of a performing rights organization and want to change to SESAC?
If you belong to another PRO and are still interested in a SESAC affiliation, we would be glad to speak with you about the process of changing. First we would need to determine if switching to SESAC would be a good fit by going through our selection process. If all of the criteria is met you would then be offered affiliation and would need to find out what the process of resignation is for your current society. The resignation is different with each society and you would need to contact your representative with your current PRO to find out their termination requirements. Once resignation from your current society is complete, we would then proceed with affiliation with SESAC.
Q: What does it cost to affiliate with SESAC?
There are no fees or dues if you are offered a SESAC affiliation.