Just wondered how many of you have dealt with them first hand. John, we actually pay for a Sirius radio business subscription after we were hounded for playing cd's and ipods, so its not so much about ethics. Sirius covers the licensing fees. We only offer music for First Friday Events which are promoted by a non profit group and feature original music along with local art. We do not charge a cover, we are trying to help increase interest in the downtown area.
I just think it's unfortunate that so many young musicians that will never receive a royalty from Ascap, etc..will soon no longer have venues to play in.
We no longer offer music of any sort ascap would not let up. We told them it was all orginal music they said and I quote you have to be able to prove that you never play a song from their list. I looked at their list almost imposible to figure out which songs belong to them. This having to prove you are not guilty is un american. They where sending me letters every couple of days and said they where going to sue me for $10,000 and i would have to prove what I was playing. Since I never made any money just a big mess left when they where done just decided that the kids would have to find a garage somewhere to pratice in.Also would have paid the fee if we where actually playing their music I would like to now where their business ethics are.
Maybe pump an internet radio stream through the shop's speakers? Perhaps an international station like Triple J so as to circumvent whatever laws there are here in the US concerning internet radio??