Primer on Terrestrial Radio’s Performance Royalty History by Future of Music

Although the composers and songwriters receive public performance royalties from broadcast (terrestrial) radio, most often through collection societies like ASCAP & BMI, they are exempt from paying the performers. So, with an often used example of the song “I Will Always Love You” performed by Whitney Houston, a broadcast radio station plays the song, Dolly Parton gets paid for writing it but Whitney Houston’s performance goes uncompensated.

A great primer on this subject here on the Future of Music website, here.

“At least 75 nations, including most European Union member states, do have a performance right. This means that foreign broadcasters pay royalties to songwriters/composers and performers. But since there is no reciprocal right in the US, foreign performance rights societies cannot distribute these royalties to American performers.” – Future of Music