I started this group in the hopes of shedding light on the subject of Performance Rights Societies,specifically the big dogs,ASCAP and BMI. I think most musicians know the names,but many know very little about how these companies work,and what the actual benefits of being a member are. Does one offer a generally larger share of royalties than the other? How helpful are these companies? Does one company offer more service or is one less expensive to be a member of? Does one "go to bat" more enthusiastically for it's members than the other? Is one more flexible and/or does one offer more features that a member can take advantage of? Is there anyone who has switched from one to the other,and why? Has anyone had a good or bad experience they would like to share with us? I would also like to hear about small,independant companies of this type. Can they even come close to offering an artist what ASCAP or BMI can,and are they even worth considering?