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Micro-credential Overview

This micro-credential, provided through the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma, teaches earners the fundamentals of Performance Rights Organizations (PROs), Sound Exchanges (SEs) and explains why participation in one is valuable. Earners also learn about the differences between the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) and other privately held options. 

What will you be able to do with this micro-credential?

The Knowing Your Rights: Joining a Performance Rights Organization and Sound Exchange micro-credential offers a one-stop shop for all things PRO/SE related. Earners will better understand the role and professional value of PROs and SEs, how to join a PRO and the difference between BMI and ASCAP. 

Intended Audience

  • ACM@UCO production students, song writers, professional musicians, industry professionals, aspiring publishing companies and individuals, and Song Writer's Guild. 

Instruction Method

  • Self-paced, online


  • Participants may register at any time.



  • This micro-credential is sponsored by ACM@UCO at no cost to participants.

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What is a Micro-credential?

Micro-credentials provide new opportunities to demonstrate specific knowledge, skills and abilities in ways that create a more complete picture of your capabilities. Upon successful completion and verification of the micro-credential requirements, you will be issued a digital badge that can be displayed and verified online, such as on resumes or professional social media profiles. Digital micro-credentials can provide another way to demonstrate your achievement of competencies and allows you to clearly communicate your capabilities to others.