I have enjoyed working for ASCAP. It's been a family for me for 12 years. I have no regrets working with ASCAP and learning about what's going on in the music industry. I "get" the music business and I would like to continue my knowledge and professional workmanship in this field of copyrights.
Research Analyst (Former Employee) – New York, NY – December 21, 2017
Everything was great except the pay. Great co-workers, great management, great company events, great clients, and fun work. I love everything about it except the pay. The pay was way too low for the work.
Though I'm a member of ASCAP, it pays me royalties....
Composer/Publishing Company - Licensed Member (Former Employee) – Loc Angeles, CA> – November 22, 2017
I have never technically worked at ASCAP, but as a member, I get checks from them for television, radio, theatre and live airplay of my songs and my publishing company receives royalties in the same way. I get paid a stipend from them as an incentive for writing for the theatre. And there are certain benefits I am afforded: use of their rehearsal rooms, questions about royalties, and miscellaneous contract information concerning collaboration and contracts.
An invaluable resource for composer and for publishing companies.
Everything must be registered. It is all up to you to keep the entries up to date.
Business Analyst (Former Employee) – New York, NY – September 28, 2017
Multi year project with heavy vendor influence; complex music licensing business so having some background would be very helpful; nice & relaxed workplace culture but quick paced business expectations. Heavy influence of vendors.
Typical day consists of prospecting accounts and trying to license businesses that use member's copyrighted music. Goals implemented by management are difficult to achieve due to lack of support, misunderstanding of business environment in assigned territory and extensive travel time.
This job is not what you think at all. They will lie to you and tell you that you will have everything you need to be successful. But they are not interested in you at all. The commission is extremely low, and the training is sub par at best.
No help, no money, and you must provide everything yourself.
Coordinator (Current Employee) – New York, NY – January 14, 2017
Upper management will hand out surveys to be completed by employees. The content of the survey does not matter, the responses given by the employees do not matter. The surveys are a ruse simply used for the purpose of making company wide changes that negatively affect employees and positively affect the all mighty dollar, and provide a way for upper management to hide behind the survey as the reason for this change.
Management rewards those who work the hardest by giving them more work than is physically possible to complete in a timely fashion, then penalize them for that.
Certain managers do not do their work and instead pass along their assignments to the people below them who already have a massive work load. These assignments are usually given only hours before they are due to the employees who have never received proper training on that specific transaction. The employees are then yelled at and berated by these particular managers. In order to complete all of this extra work employees will work 11 hour days while not being compensated for the extra hours. When appraisals come around employees are reprimanded by these managers for putting out "poor" quality work. Some employees end up demoted as a result. These particular managers often leave the company as well to scam another business and harass new employees.
ASCAP's priorities need to change and they need to start caring about their employees.
Research Analyst (Former Employee) – New York, NY – March 9, 2016
Working at ASCAP was enjoyable and always gave me a feeling of self accomplishment. Worked closely with all departments as my position required it. This gave me an opportunity to interact with other employees and learn more about the music business. This also gave me the tools necessary to answer any questions the members had regarding their works, credits and royalties. The hardest part of the job was when the members were having legal issues due to licensing and I was limited in assisting in that area as they needed to involve an entertainment lawyer. Due to possible conflicts of interest.
Meeting composers and writers as well as entertainers
Can not think of any. ASCAP was a great place to work
IT Manager (Current Employee) – New York, NY – February 24, 2016
There are plenty of opportunities to be challenged and grow. Training opportunities and advancement are encouraged, The culture is focused on service to its customers and members which creates a sense of unified purpose among employees.
If You Want to be Confined to Your Desk, This Job Is For You
Multimedia Analyst (Former Employee) – New York, NY – January 5, 2016
Don't believe the hype in the interview. If you're working in the distribution dept, it's all about performance. Performance meaning linking songs to performances and understanding the ASCAP way. They'll give you 6 months and say, "you're not a great fit." which results in a high turn-over. It's very segregated and gossipy.
A typical day is sitting at your desk for 8 hours staring at a computer screen. There's one person who trains you and then ships you to your dept. Co-workers hate it there but they've been there since the 80s and just complain instead of leaving.
Sr. TV Analyst (Former Employee) – 1 Lincoln Place, New York, NY 10023 – August 10, 2015
A typical day at work included researching information and a lot of data entry and customer service. I learned how to adapt to change. Management was very professional. Working as a team was very fulfilling, and the most enjoyable part of the job was the research and data entry.
ASCAP is a wonderful, non-profit organization which sole purpose is to compensate songwriters for their intellectual properties. While I believe that this simple idea is prodigious, I still believe there are things that should be reconsidered.
For example, the approach to business owners needs to be altered to project more credibility, as well as producing a great awareness for this monstrous organization. ASCAP has been around since 1914, but the majority of business owners know nothing about the company or the basic understand of Federal Copyright Law.
Lastly, I find the annual rates for several businesses to be excessive and unnecessary, e.g. a personal trainer who exclusively uses a single-speaker radio for music, but the square footage of his business is too large to be considered as exempt from the music license; or the coffee shop that has local artists come to play live music 1-2 nights, but it's going to cost them nearly $400.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at ASCAP and have learned so much about copyrights, songwriters, how to fight for these songwriters, as well as the inner workings of various businesses and their respective owners, but I am interested in pursuing a career that can utilize my personable, outgoing nature and organizational skills, rather than making phone calls in my home to various business owners within ASCAP's Northeast territory.