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Re: Re: Composers should also get paid
On Fri, 13 Jul 2007, Travis Hartnett wrote:
> Venues which feature live music are required to have BMI and ASCAP
> licenses unless 100% of the music performed there is original music
> not covered by either of those organizations. It is the
> responsibility of the venue organizer (owner in this case) not the
> performer to secure such a license.
Which is the reason a small bar local to me that has a lot of live music
has a large sign on the side wall of the stage that reads "NO COVER SONGS.
I will cut the PA off and your show is over if I hear a cover song."
The owner doesn't pay these licenses, so he doesn't permit cover songs.
(From memory, exact wording on the sign is probably different but the
meaning is as above.)
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