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You Can’t Afford Live Music Anymore July 8, 2007

Posted by tkcollier in Business, Lifestyle, Music.
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Music licensing companies come calling for royalties | floridatoday.com | Serving Brevard County and Florida’s Space Coast
Playing for nothing. Robin Krasny and Eddy Fischer play at East Coast Coffee and Tea. Fischer, who has been a member of ASCAP since he was 17, thinks the licensing companies have gotten a bit out of line. “It seems kind of rough that little coffee houses with no stage or no lights that were not built for live music have to come up with that kind of money,” he said. Craig Bailey.

Andrus said a friend of his who owned a restaurant that did not feature music was contacted by a company looking to charge him because it owned the rights to a Hank Williams Jr. song, “Are You Ready for Some Football?” The song preceded every “Monday Night Football” telecast, which the restaurant carried on its televisions. He said his friend simply chose to turn the volume down when the song came on.

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