How Much Does an ASCAP License Cost?

If you own a business and you want to broadcast copyrighted music to the public, there’s a good chance you will need an ASCAP license to legally broadcast it.

This license offers you public performance rights, allowing to legally play over 4,000,000 songs to the public.

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How much does an ASCAP license cost?

Type of LicenseRate Schedule (per year)
Blanket Concert/Recital (based on seating capacity)- 0 to 2,500: 0.80% of gross ticket sales
- 2,501 to 5,000: 0.40% of gross ticket sales
- 5,001 to 10,000: 0.25% of gross ticket sales
- 10,001 to 25,000: 0.20% of gross ticket sales
- 25,001+: 0.10% of gross ticket sales
Bowling Alley$29.10 per lane ($338 minimum fee)
College$0.35 per full time student ($286 minimum fee)
Conventions (based on attendees and per event, not year)- Less than 1,500: $125
- 1,501 to 3,000: $439
- 3,001 to 5,000: $732
- 5,001 to 10,000: $1,359
- 10,001 to 20,000: $2,507
- 20,001 to 50,000: $5,016
- 50,001 to 100,000: $7,524
- More than 100,000: $9,929
Dance School (based on students per week and depends on dance instruction)- Less than 75: $68.51 to $137.01
- 76 to 150: $137.01 to $274
- 151 to 300: $205.50 to $411.02
- 301+: $274 to $548.01
Endurance Events (based on attendees and per event, not year)- Under 1,000: $80
- 1,001 to 2,500: $138
- 2,501 to 5,000: $207
- 5,001 to 10,000: $294
- 10,001 to 20,000: $412
- 20,001 to 30,000: $481
- More than 30,000: $614
Ice Skating Rink (based on square footage and depends on admission price)- Up to 10,000: $412 to $1,632
- 10,000 to 20,000: $563 to $2,442
- 20,000+: $762 to $3,288
Indoor playground (depends on square footage and admission price)- Less than 7,500: $415 to $748
- 7,500 to 15,000: $582 to $997
- 15,000+: $829 to $1,249
Private Clubs (based on annual expenditure)- Less than $5,000.00: $154
- $5,000.00 to $9,999.99: $231
- $10,000.00 to $14,999.99: $303
- $15,000.00 to $24,999.99: $457
- $25,000.00 to $34,999.99: $605
- $35,000.00 to $49,999.99: $754
- $50,000.00 to $64,999.99: $902
- $65,000.00 to $79,999.99: $1,139
- $80,000.00 to $99,999.99: $1,518
- $100,000.00 to $119,999.99: $1,898
- $120,000.00 to $139,999.99: $2,277
- $140,000.00 to $159,999.99: $2,657
- $160,000.00 to $179,999.99: $3,036
- $180,000.00 to $199,999.99: $3,416
- $200,000.00 to $249,999.99: $3,795
- $250,000.00 to $299,999.99: $4,180
- $300,000.00 and over: $4,554
Restaurant, Bar, Nightclubs (per occupant)- $4.99 to $5.98 for live music (depends on frequency per week)
- $2.31 to $3.49 for recorded music
* Add $2.01 per occupant if cover charge. Other fees may apply based on the formula. See here: https://www.ascap.com/-/media/files/pdf/licensing/classes/2017-licensing-agreements_rates_reports/restaurants-bars-and-nightclubs-rate.pdf?la=en
Retail- $241 for up to three speakers for audio only ($49.50 for each additional and maximum license is $2,018.50)
* Bulk discounts apply for chains with more than 200 locations
Roller Skating Rinks (depends on square footage and admission price)- 1 to 10,000 square feet: $242 to $1,926 (higher the price, the higher the fee)
- 10,001 to 15,000 square feet: $362 to $2,887
- 15,000+ square feet: $453 to $3,544
RV Park/Campground (based on number of campsites)- 1 to 99: $271.50
- 100 to 149: $383
- 150 to 249: $512
- 250 to 349 $ 664.50
- 350 and over $828.50
Shopping center (charged daily)- up to 299,999 square feet: $44
- 300,000 to 899,999 square feet: $60
- 900,000+: $73.50
Yoga- $69.50 per premise

NOTE:  These quotes were obtained by the official ASCAP website and are accurate as of 2017.  These rates are subject to change, and depending on the venue, additional fees may apply based on the formulas.  ONLY use this as a ballpark estimate.

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