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Society of European Stage Authors and Composers

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Founded in 1930, SESAC, Inc. is the smallest performing rights society in the United States. It represents over 900 composers and 750 music publishers. It licenses the performing rights of its members’ songs. Although its repertory was once limited to European and gospel music, it has grown to encompass many different genres. Perhaps because it is the smallest performing rights organization, its license fees are relatively inexpensive.

Unlike the licensing programs of ASCAP and BMI, SESAC’s Internet licensing program is not based on revenue derived from the website. Instead, SESAC bases its royalty fees on the average number of monthly “page requests” made for the website. SESAC calculates the royalty fees differently depending on the use of advertising on the website.

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