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does PRO membership hamper licensing to local business?
Old 5th September 2019
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does PRO membership hamper licensing to local business?

If I am registered with a PRO can I license my own music to a local business (such as a spa or restaurant) and tell them that they do not have to pay a fee to ASCAP or BMI if they exclusively played the music that I licensed to them? Or would I have to be completely unaffiliated with a PRO to do this? Or would just the songs themselves have to be unregistered with a PRO?
Old 5th September 2019
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Originally Posted by bass_clef View Post
If I am registered with a PRO can I license my own music to a local business (such as a spa or restaurant) and tell them that they do not have to pay a fee to ASCAP or BMI if they exclusively played the music that I licensed to them? Or would I have to be completely unaffiliated with a PRO to do this? Or would just the songs themselves have to be unregistered with a PRO?
you can do a direct performance license and circumvent ascap/bmi. But you do not have to leave ascap or bmi, you can stay with them and just opt out for this one venue.

If it's a small business you really don't have to do anything other than license music to them. When ASCAP and BMI call them, they can just say they negotiated a direct performance deal with a music provider. Done.
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Great, thank you!
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