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COMPOSERS must be members of BMI prior to applying for membership in ACA.
ACA currently publishes over 11,000 titles, and sells, rents, and licenses its works for CD recordings, website streaming, choral, chamber and orchestra performances, textbook and article reprints, and many other uses.
ACA acts as the exclusive publisher for all otherwise unpublished works submitted by its composer members. Members sign a Grant of Rights, giving an exclusive publishing license to ACA. Most importantly, the composer retains his or her copyright and can revoke the license, or transfer works to a different publisher at any time.
ACA Membership Regular Services, covered by annual dues:
(Examples of services currently available; Changes or additions may be made from time to time by the ACA Board of Governors)
ACA Regular Services listed below are included in the membership dues. Current members in good standing can expect to receive these benefits, which apply only to the member’s ACA-registered works:
i. Promotion of the member's ACA music catalog on the ACA website. Members are listed in the Composer Gallery on the ACA website (www.composers.com) and given a webpage with biography, list of ACA works, contact information, and login credentials to update and edit the page, with listings of new works subject to ACA approval.
ii. Registration of new works with BMI as they are completed and ready for performance, upon receipt of a New Work Registration form (now conveniently online) from the composer.
iii. Receiving and managing the members’ digital scores and parts masters, and performance materials for ACA-published works.
iv. Receive and respond to information requests and sales orders for selling and renting scores that have been delivered to ACA in print or PDF (portable document format) files.
v. Printing, binding, and shipping of ACA-registered, ACA-published scores by members in good standing; in professional-use formats at customers' requests, with ACA covers.
vi. Members' requests for their own scores should be emailed to sales at composers dot com with complete instructions and contact or shipping information for the recipient, including phone and email info. Printing discounts for members may be 15%-40% lower than the catalog list price, based on production costs incurred by ACA. International shipments will be sent Priority International with tracking unless otherwise specified.
vii. Posting composer-provided mp3 sound files for ACA works on the ACA server or website for streaming and download. Members may also upload their own sound excerpts to their composition pages online, subject to file size limitations.
viii. Issue mechanical and other licenses to and collect fees from producers of recordings, dramatic productions, or film and video synchronizations of ACA-published music.
ix. Annual statement and payment to members for their share of sales, rentals, and other ACA-licensed uses of members' materials, per ACA agreement.
x. Preservation of legacy by collecting and filing references, biographies, and liner notes supplied by the member or estate to provide information for future programs, concerts, re-issue recordings, articles, and general research.
Additional services may be available at the discretion of the ACA Director and staff, as part of regular services, or as special services at prevailing hourly fee rates.