A music cue sheet (MCS) usually refers to the complete list of the music played in a television serie or film.
MCS is used by broadcasters (such as TV and radio stations) to inform Performing Rights Organisations (PRO), such as ASCAP or BMI for USA, SACEM in France, SOCAN in Canada etc... about the audio content of the broadcasted program.
The Performing Rights Organisations collect license fees from businesses that use music (TV, radio, Internet, public places, shops...etc) which it redistributes as royalties to songwriters, composers & music publishers.
To be useable and useful, a music cue sheet must contain all relevant informations to identify the author/composer/publisher of the audio content, needed to be correctly processed by the Performing Rights Organisations (PRO/PRS).
This is an industry standard process.
Because composers receive "performance royalties" collected by the Performing Rights Organizations (e.g. ASCAP, SOCAN, SACEM, PRS see complete list) from broadcasters (e.g. TV and radio stations, networks, movie theatres) when their music is 'performed' / broadcasted.
If you do not, Performing Rights Organisations can't distribute to the composer his portion of the annual fees (paid by the boadcasters)
For him the money is lost and goes to the big ones...
Submit your Music Cue Sheets so that independant music composers all over the world perceive "performance royalties" and can go on producing good music...
Brazil UBC, ECAD
Czech Republic OSA
Hong Kong CASH
New Zealand APRA
South Africa SAMRO
Trinidad & Tobago COTT
United Kingdom PRS
USA ASCAP , BMI , SESAC