ASCAP and BMI have jointly launched RapidCue, a secure Web site that allows users to enter, manage and electronically submit music cue sheet data to the performing rights organizations (PROs) for television, cable and film

PROs rely on information contained in cue sheets, which list all music performed in a particular film or television program, to calculate and pay royalties to songwriters, composers and publishers for music performed in audiovisual programming.

"This standard-setting system will cut down the submission and processing time for the film, TV and cable communities when submitting music data for their productions," says Alison Smith, BMI senior VP, performing rights.

The competing PROs have worked together over the past four years to jointly develop the RapidCue technology with the participation of the film, television production and television network communities.

"ASCAP members and BMI affiliates will benefit from the accuracy, timeliness and broader tracking of their music," says Al Wallace, ASCAP executive VP/COO.