App is first of its kind for perf rights org

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, the performing rights organization made up of approximately 390,000 members, has announced the launch of ASCAP Mobile, an application for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

The app, which bowed Wednesday on Apple’s App Store, will allow members to log onto their online accounts, view royalty statements and follow up on ASCAP news. According to ASCAP, it’s currently the only performing rights organization to provide an app, although BMI announced in May that it had launched a mobile version of its website for phones.

ASCAP’s app also allows users to search the org’s library of more than 8.5 million copyrighted musical works.

“The free app offers our members and the industry a new way to stay connected with ASCAP while they are on the go,” said John LoFrumento, CEO of ASCAP, in a statement, “putting a secure connection to Member Access, the entire ASCAP repertory and industry news in the palm of their hands.”

The app is available for free via iTunes, and is expected to be followed shortly by similar programs for Blackberry and Google’s Android.

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