Cue Sheets

What is a Cue Sheet?

A cue sheet is a document that lists all of the musical elements of an audio/visual program. ASCAP uses cue sheets to determine to whom it distributes performance royalties.

What information is required in order to complete a cue sheet and for ASCAP to accept it?

The cue sheet should have identifying information for the program it represents (i.e. film, episode of television series, etc.) and should list the cue title, duration, usage and entitled parties (writers/composers and publishers) for each cue. For music downloaded from Sonic Imagery, please include the following: Writer/Composer: Stephen Bashaw, Publisher: Ahia Music.

What format should the cue sheet be sent in? (i.e. fax, e-mail, hard copy)

ASCAP would prefer that cue sheets be e-mailed to: or If the cue sheet cannot be e-mailed to ASCAP, then please mail a legible hard copy to: ASCAP, ATTN: Cue Sheet Dept., One Lincoln Plaza, New York, NY 10023

What is the deadline to submit cue sheets to ASCAP?

As soon as possible; ideally no later than three months after the original broadcast for a television program. For a theatrically released feature film, cue sheets should be on file before the first foreign theatrical performance.

Do infomercials, commercials, etc. require cue sheets as well?

Infomercials, commercials and any other audio/visual products that contain multiple pieces of music require cue sheets.

How do I submit a cue sheet?

Download a blank cuesheet, complete, and email to


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