Securing performance rights to play most types of music is already a difficult process for venues—whether they are restaurants, breweries, wineries, or bars and taverns. As it stands now, venues can’t pick which license best fits their music needs. They often find themselves bullied into buying expensive performance licenses that they are not sure they even need or will ever use.
Now, the U.S. Department of Justice is considering making this process even harder. They want to get rid of the few rules—known as “consent decrees”—that protect venues like yours from antitrust actions from the two largest music licensors, ASCAP and BMI. Without these rules and protections in place, these licenses will become even more complicated and could cost substantially more.
Venue owners from across the country are joining the National Restaurant Association, American Beverage Licensees, WineAmerica, and other organizations concerned about music licensing in sending a message to the U.S. Department of Justice:
Keep the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees in place to protect venues!