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RE: Re: Composers should also get paid

Still interesting that I have never seen that sign or been told(or know
of a band in this circuit that has been told in the same places) that
I/they can't do cover songs.  I can't remember the last time I saw an
act not do a rendition of Sweet Home Alabama, Bown Eyed Girl, or
another equally over requested song.  I think that it might just be a
case of the small bars not knowing or pretending not to know about the
license requirements and rules knowing that the chance of them actually
getting called out are slim to none.

-----Original Message-----
From: burnett@pobox.com [mailto:burnett@pobox.com] 
Sent: Friday, July 13, 2007 1:29 PM
To: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
Subject: 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. TH

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
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.)

Steve B
Subscape Annex    http://www.subscapeannex.com/