New music rights agreements with ASCAP, BMI and GMR take effect January 1, 2023 and may require action on your part. Please review below if you wish to opt-in to these new music licenses.
CPB has traditionally negotiated and paid all broadcast and internet music licensing fees on behalf of public television and radio stations as a service to the public media community. This site contains information about each of the music rights agreements that license and govern the use of music in both broadcast and the Internet.
Public media organizations must register with CPB in order to be licensed under the internet agreements. CPB creates a record of all of stations operating under the agreements to share with each performing rights organization.
About the Music License Agreements
Although the agreements have been redacted to protect the most confidential pricing information, stations must recognize that the remaining provisions are also subject to confidentiality restrictions. The terms of any of these licenses may not be disclosed to any other party without the consent of the performing rights organization or SoundExchange.
Edit Your Account
If your organization has completed the registration process, you may log in and edit your account as well as view or print each of the agreements. This will require log-in information you received via e-mail when you registered.
Frequently Asked Questions or Contact us.
Review and accept the public broadcasting music rights agreements.
Administrative Data and Reporting
After accepting the Internet music agreements, radio stations and joint licensees (radio and television) must submit quarterly music use reports through NPR Member Partnership and PBS.
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Music Rights Coverage
- Any qualified public broadcasting station wanting to perform sound recordings over the internet must first register for these agreements
- These agreements cover only public broadcasting stations and organizations that meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Eligible to receive Community Service Grants from CPB
- NPR member station
- NFCB Participant member station (SoundExchange only)
- PBS member station (Not applicable to SoundExchange)
- No other entities are eligible to be covered by these agreements
- About the Agreements
- Frequently Asked Questions