Music Creators: Playback Time is Payback Time.

Do you compose music of any kind, write lyrics, perform vocals or play instruments in studio and help record music? Congratulations! You’re a Music Creator!

Music creators are the group of people who play a role in making the amazing, moving, thoughtful, powerful works that NASCAM vigilantly watches over. A lot of people play a role in bringing great music to the public and NASCAM protects the rights of everyone involved in the creation of musical works. This includes composers, authors, lyricists and music publishers.

As long as your musical works are active – which means they have been commercially recorded or performed in public, or broadcast on television or radio, you might qualify for NASCAM membership.


Composers make magic out of musical notes. We’re talking anything from composing music for songs to those soundtracks you hear on movies or jingles – all the way up to orchestral symphonies. If you pour your heart into writing and creating original music - you're a composer! You’re covered by Performing Rights and Mechanical Rights whenever someone wants to use your stuff. Want to know more? We’ll break down the types of Music Creators and the different rights that apply to you.

Lyricist / Author:

Lyrics give meaning to music. If you weave words into melodies and create lyrics that accompany music – it makes you a music author and you’re entitled to be paid royalties called Performing Rights and Mechanical Rights as long as your music is active.

Which means if someone wants to use your words either to perform in public or to play or broadcast it – they need a usage licence. As a member and a Music Creator, NASCAM manages these royalties and collects them on your behalf.

What is a Music Publisher?

Music Publishers team up with the guys who make music to get their works out to the big wide world. They might use songs in an advert, or as part of a movie. Or as part of another recording – such as when a DJ samples a chorus line from a song. They usually create a contract with the artist who produced the music – and both parties reap the benefits – and the profits.

To be a NASCAM approved Music Publisher you must have a catalogue of music works that have been commercially published or recorded. And the author/s of the music works you have made use of must be members of NASCAM or one of our international partners. Recording Artists: Recording Artists are the talent in the recording studio that brings it all together. The music we enjoy wouldn’t be possible without the vocalists, musicians and others who help record the song.

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