All licence fees and royalties received by COSCAP in respect of performing rights are placed into 4 pools for distribution:
Since COSCAP is a non-profit company, all money collected is distributed after deduction of its operating costs. COSCAP distributes royalties to its members and to regional and international affiliated organisations.
The royalties from the broadcasting pool are allocated on the basis of samples. This is because given the amount of money paid by the broadcasters based on the amount of data to be analysed, it would not be cost effective in terms of time nor money to analyse all of the programme logs. Revenue from live events is paid directly to COSCAP’s members and affiliated societies on the basis of play lists collected at each event. Revenue collected from the general pool is distributed on a pro rata basis to the amounts distributed from the broadcast pool.
COSCAP’s members are represented internationally as a result of the various reciprocal agreements COSCAP has with sister societies. These provide COSCAP with the money collected for the use of COSCAP’s members’ works in the various territories and the information stating how the money should be distributed.