Robert Gomez, owner of Beat Kitchen and Subterranean, both venues located in Chicago, IL, authored an op-ed in the Chicago Tribune.

In the op-ed, Gomez argues that the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) efforts to modify the consent decrees governing ASCAP and BMI will undercut pandemic-related relief measures for small businesses like music venues, restaurants and bars. According to Gomez, modifications to the existing decrees could present the risk of price increases and limited access to music at the worst possible time for American businesses fighting to survive.

You can read the full op-ed here.