An Open Letter to
Performing Rights Organizations and Music Publishers
For as long as collective licensing of music rights has existed, songwriters and composers the world over have enjoyed the freedom to choose the organizations that collect and distribute the performance royalties generated by our work. We regard this choice of a Performance Rights Organization (PRO) as an exclusive and inalienable right; it is fundamental and inviolate.
We understand that this right is being challenged by some music publishers.
On behalf of music creators around the world, we call on all performing rights organizations and all music publishers to declare their commitment to the principle that all music creators have the right to choose the organizations that represent them
Alliance for Women Film Composers
Artist Rights Alliance
Australian Guild of Screen Composers
Council of Music Creators/MusicAnswers
Music Creators of North America
Screen Composers of Canada
Society of Composers and Lyricists
Songwriters Association of Canada
Songwriters Guild of America
Songwriters of North America (SONA)