ASCAP has authorized more than 11,500 local commercial radio stations, more than 2500 non-commercial radio stations and hundreds of thousands of “generalist” licensees (bars, restaurants, theme parks, etc.).  It maintains mutual relations with nearly 40 foreign PROs on six continents and annually grants billions of public appearances worldwide.  ASCAP was the first U.S. professional to distribute royalties for Internet performance and to continue to track and license websites, digital music providers and other new media. If you join a U.S. Performing Rights Society, you are ready to participate in the live licenses, broadcasts and digital performances they perform. As a member, they will collect your share of utility revenue from their licenses and return it to you based on how and where your music was used in a given quarter. They do NOT collect revenue from mechanical royalties or synchronization placements, nor do they collect your work from foreign companies (although they share data with foreign companies on reciprocal agreements to collect foreign service fees). A publisher or publisher oversees all your rights and is responsible for collecting all revenue generated by your copyright. These agreements replace previous versions.
Authors who signed contract forms before January 1, 2014 can continue to archive their articles, as described in Wiley`s Self-Archive Directive. A publishing degree is not required. You could opt for self-publishing, i.e. register yourself with collective management companies, and make your songs to advertising agencies, record labels and others who want to use your music. There are many collective management companies, more than one in almost every country in the world, and a good publishing house will have a network to get money from everyone. Perhaps you can count on your chosen collection company to have mutual agreements with other companies, so that royalties from other countries always find their way to you, but you should check this point with the company before becoming a member. In 1919, ASCAP and the Performing Rights Society of Great Britain (known since 1997 as PRS for Music) signed the first reciprocal agreement on the representation of other members` works in their respective territories.