NOTE: If you are not making a film or a production to be broadcast on a television network or a radio station you do not need a cue sheet.
A cue-sheet is a document filled with all the details of the music used in an audio and/or visual production to be broadcasted in a film or TV/Radio. Performing Rights Organizations (PRO) will use this cue sheet to identify which artists and publishers should receive performance royalties. Without cue sheets and the dedication of PROs, it would be impossible for composers and publishers to be compensated for the broadcasting of their music.
Usually broadcasters pay a fixed amount to a Performing Rights Organization (PRO) for a license to broadcast shows with music. PROs use this licensing income to pay royalties to the composer and publisher of the music. There is no additional cost to you, the producer, in filling up these cue-sheets. Besides being a legal requirement, it will take you a few minutes and will allow our composers to receive their fair share for the public performance of their music.
You do need to fill out cue sheets if your program is to be broadcast on radio stations, television network or for a theatrical film presentation. It is best to submit cue-sheets as soon as possible, ideally no later than three months after the original broadcast.
Important information for CUE SHEETS
During the purchase process, for each purchased cue, you will be informed if the selected license requires you to fill out and submit a cue sheet.
If so, Publisher and Writer information of the relevant cues will be displayed.
You’ll need to include the writer / publisher name and their royalty society affiliation (ASCAP, BMI, PRS, etc.) on the cue sheet.
* In most cases our automated cue sheet generator will do the work for you and supply you with a cue sheet containing all of the required details, ready to be sent.