SESAC, Inc is a performing rights organization with headquarters in Nashville and offices in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami and London.
Performing rights organizations (there are three in the US) are business designed to represent songwriters and publishers and their right to be compensated for having their music performed in public.
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SESAC is NOT an acronym. Though it once was an acronym when it was founded in 1930, today SESAC is no longer an abbreviation for anything. Just SESAC.
Songwriters and publishers are paid royalties based on many factors, including state-of-the-art monitoring and computer database information. SESAC is the first and only performing rights organization to pay royalties on a monthly rather than quarterly basis. SESAC utilizes a selective process when affiliating songwriters and publishers, resulting in a level of service and attention unparalleled in the industry. With an international reach and a vast repertory that spans virtually every genre of music, SESAC is the most innovative and technologically adept of the nation’s performing rights organizations.
SESAC currently licenses the public performances of more than 400,000 songs on behalf of its 30,000 affiliated songwriters, composers and music publishers, which include such familiar names as Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, RUSH, Charli XCX (PRS), Disclosure (PRS), Zac Brown, Mumford & Sons (PRS), Lady Antebellum, The Avett Brothers, Shirley Caesar, Paul Shaffer and Thompson Square. SESAC has long represented the music on some of TV’s biggest shows including Grey’s Anatomy, How I Met Your Mother, Parenthood, Dateline NBC, Dr. Phil, Seinfeld, and The Doctors among many others and is the PRO of choice among many of Hollywood's most sought-after film and television composers including Christophe Beck, Jeff Beal, Danny Lux, Jon Ehrlich, Dennis C. Brown, Bruce Miller and Paul Shaffer among many others.