Starting with January 1st, 2016, small broadcasters no longer benefit from the discounted licensing fee schedule from SoundExchange. Your options are to follow the new schedule (described below) or to completely block US listeners.
If you are a Server Room account holder, you can request to block all US listeners. We can also guide you to getting your station legal, by acquiring the appropriate licenses. New customers, call or chat with us for a free consultation.
If you are broadcasting licensed music online, you must pay royalty fees for your listeners based in the United States. These fees are paid directly to the three US-based 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.
An internet radio station with no revenue and minimal yearly impressions will have to pay a minimum upfront fee of $1492 to get licensed by all 4 entities above. The upfront fee is used as credit towards your accruing royalty fees. Additional fees may be due depending on your gross revenue and impressions on your website.
You can estimate your royalty fees for 2020 from the schedule below.
BMI, ASCAP, SESAC, and SoundExchange may require monthly or quarterly reports for gross revenue and or the number of impressions. Server Room 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: email@example.com
The 2020 fee schedule for worship broadcasters in the United States is based on the numbers of average weekly attendees at your religious institution. CCS does not include Sound Exchange Licensing. You are still required to acquire a license from Sound Exchange by contacting them at firstname.lastname@example.org. The minimal annual fee is $500.
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
Request your worship broadcaster license at the following web address:https://apps.christiancopyrightsolutions.com/purchase-license.aspx?svc=wcpm