What is a Music Cue Sheet?

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A music cue sheet is a document prepared by the producer that lists all of the music contained in a production, including the titles of each track (or cue), composer(s), publisher(s), lyricist (if any), performing rights affiliation, use (theme, performance, background) and runtime. The cue sheet is used by all broadcasters and digital platforms and the performing rights societies in the royalty distribution process to determine the amount of royalties to be paid to the music publisher. For more information about music cue sheets and reporting requirements, please visit the ASCAP or BMI websites.