In an era in which the music business has seen unprecedented change and disruption, some things remain constant. The creativity of songwriters and composers lies at the heart of the music business. And the ability of creators and their publishers to get paid for their work is the financial foundation upon which the music industry has been built.

Performance rights organizations assure that copyright holders are paid fairly when their music is performed publicly, over the airwaves, live or -- increasingly now -- online.

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