“BROOKINGS – There’s money to be made in music. By the artists who create and perform it and by companies making sure it isn’t played by other performers in violation of copyright laws – unless those performers hold licenses issued by them.

Called “performing rights organizations,” these companies include the big three: Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI); the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP); and the Society of European Stage Authors and Composers (SESAC).

Caught up here in the licensing maelstrom have been local proprietors offering live music or entertainment, including Music on Main hosted by Nick’s Hamburger Shop and open mic nights at Cottonwood Coffee and Wooden Legs Brewing Co. All three events have been discontinued because of the prohibitive cost of licensing.”

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