[Dixielandjazz] Music Licensing Fees!! - BMI & ASCAP

Williams, Bob robert.c.williams at eds.com
Fri Mar 26 14:50:35 PST 2004


The Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society pays a monthly licensing fee to
ASCAP and/or BMI, and it's included in their monthly expense report.  I
don't have the figures in front of me, and am generally not paying close
attention when those figures are recited at meetings, but it's something
like $60 or $200 or something.  

Someone might know - I'm sure Ringwald does, but he's in Hungary.

I don't know more about it, but I do know we pay it.

- Bob

-----Original Message-----
From: dixielandjazz-bounces at ml.islandnet.com
[mailto:dixielandjazz-bounces at ml.islandnet.com] On Behalf Of Doug Burnley
Sent: Friday, March 26, 2004 11:52 AM
Subject: [Dixielandjazz] Music Licensing Fees!! - BMI & ASCAP


      I know this subject came up a couple of months back and
I did review some of the responses in the archives.

      For the past couple of months BMI has been applying their extortion
tactics aimed at our Jazz Society, which meets once per month with an
average of 175 - 200 attendees. I had ignored their mail and phone calls,
hoping they would go away and find a more lucrative target.

      No such luck, today I received a contract indicating we owe them
$1241.10 per year, as many of you who are involved in Jazz Societies
realize, we are a non-profit organization whose only interest is to promote
and encourage OKOM, not to make money - if we cave in to their demands it
could very well threaten the existence of our organization. (Also there is
ASCAP & SESAC which could insist on licensing).

      Any words of advice?

Doug Burnley
Pres - Hot Jazz & Alligator Gumbo Society http://riversidejazz.com/hags

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