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Show clearance forms and reporting

Show clearance forms and reporting

Fulfill legal obligations for performing rights organizations in the U.S. and Canada — ASCAP, BMI, Socan, SESAC.

The Barbershop Harmony Society has a blanket agreement with ASCAP (The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) to pay significantly reduced licensing fees for all U.S. chapters and ensuring their legal compliance for live, in-person public performances of the songs represented by ASCAP. Please note: ASCAP rates for 2024 have not increased.

All U.S. Chapters and Districts must complete an annual ASCAP Reporting Form and submit it (with corresponding payment, if applicable) by the end of each calendar year.

NOTE: For older forms, click here to view the older forms located in the Member Center. Member login required.

If your chapter is not producing any shows (free, benefit or ticketed) with live, in-person public performances during the year 2024, a form is still required by completing Section A and submitting to BHS. U.S. Chapters with no scheduled in-person shows in 2024 can email their completed report form to

U.S. Chapters paying only the minimum fee for 2024 can now pay their fee with a credit card through the BHS Shop store (Harmony Marketplace):

  1. Pay the minimum fee by visiting the BHS Shop site.

  2. Add the ASCAP Report Form to your order cart. After your payment you will receive an email with your receipt and a prompt to download the 2024 Report form to download, complete, and save to your device.

  3. Email your completed form with your Order Number (or copy of your order) to

  4. The Music Library will confirm receipt via email to you.

U.S. Chapters who wish to pay via check can complete the report, print, and mail check (made payable to the Barbershop Harmony Society) to:

Attn: Music Library
Barbershop Harmony Society
110 7th Avenue North
​​​​​​​Nashville, TN 37203-3704

Districts: if you hosted or produced a show as a part of your convention, or perhaps had a show as a part of a youth event, you are liable for an ASCAP report and applicable fee. Otherwise, please complete Section A and submit to BHS.

If you have not yet submitted your previous year's ASCAP Reporting Form and applicable payment, please do so as soon as possible.

BMI and SESAC forms

PLEASE NOTE: BMI/SESAC Show Clearance Forms/Payments for U.S. Chapters are to be sent to districts (or their assignee) for processing for each in-person show produced by your group. Districts may also use this form for show/event reportings.

Canadian Chapters/Districts: SOCAN/Entandem reporting requirements must be satisfied by your group for public performances. Do not utilize ASCAP or BMI/SESAC report forms for this.


Should you or your chapter have further questions or need additional information, please contact the BHS Manager of Copyright & Licensing at