More People Realizing That ASCAP And BMI Are Killing Local Music Scenes
from the stomping-them-out dept
The Guardian recently had an article wondering if “the internet” was killing the idea of the local music scene with a “local sound.” In discussing that article, Glyn Moody says it’s much more likely that it’s absurd licensing regimes that are killing local scenes. Indeed. This is something we’ve discussed for a few years. The excessive demands of licensing and collection societies have really damaged local music scenes harming countless up-and-coming musicians by closing down the main venue for most new musicians to build up their performance chops through demands for ridiculous and excessive licenses.
It seems that more people are noticing this.
The Boston Globe recently had an article highlighting how these practices are incredibly damaging for local music scenes:
Across New England, church coffeehouses, library cafes, and eateries that pass the hat to pay local musicians or open their doors to casual jam sessions are experiencing a crackdown by performance rights organizations, or PROs, which collect royalties for songwriters.
The FurdLog blog wonders that if people say downloading unauthorized material is “theft,” then what should we call this practice of performance rights organizations bullying small venues around the country into closing. What a shame. It’s really stunning how much harm ASCAP, BMI and SESAC are doing for musicians — the very people they’re supposed to help.