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What are the benefits of an ASCAP membership?

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Benefits of a membership with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers include artist management tools, discounts on a wide range of products from insurance to music gear, a member newsletter and an invitation to the annual ASCAP "I Create Music" expo. Additionally, members are eligible for direct deposit of royalties collected by ASCAP for performances of materials registered with the organization.

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Member discounts on insurance include health, life, auto and music equipment insurance. Artist management tools include website building tools, credit union accounts and corporate travel rates for hotels and vehicle rentals. Other benefits include reduced subscription rates for music industry journals, as well as discounts on CD manufacturing, online education and music production software.

Members who receive less than $25,000 in annual domestic royalties can apply for ASCAP Plus awards, which provide cash and recognition to artists. Additionally, members can register with the ASCAP OnStage program to receive royalties from live performances of registered songs at ASCAP licensed venues.

The "I Create Music" expo occurs over three days each year in April and consists of panels, workshops and performances. It is designed as a networking opportunity for members to connect with others in the music industry. ASCAP also holds other workshops throughout the year.

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