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A trade association, also known as an industry trade group, is an organization founded and funded by businesses that operate in a specific industry. An industry trade association participates in public relations activities such as advertising, education, political donations, lobbying and publishing. Associations may offer other services, such as producing conferences, networking, charitable events, offering classes or educational materials and in the case of the music industry producing award shows. Many associations are non-profit organizations governed by bylaws and directed by officers who are also members.
Performing rights organizations (there are three in the US) are businesses designed to represent songwriters and publishers and their right to be compensated for having their music performed in public. Songwriters and publishers are paid royalties based on many factors, including state-of-the-art monitoring and computer database information. PRO’s support their songwriters, composers and publisher members by taking care of an important aspect of their careers – getting paid. They support businesses and organizations that play music publicly by offering blanket music licenses that permit them to play musical works.
An online business which sells audio files, usually music, on a per-song and/or subscription basis. It may be differentiated from music streaming services in that the music store offers the actual music file, while streaming services offer partial or full listening without actually owning the source file. However, music stores generally offer partial streaming previews, some even with full length.