In a ridiculous abuse of music industry power BMI, SESAC, and ASCAP have started demanding that venues that hold open mic nights pay royalty fees, just in case a performer plays a copyrighted song. How will this affect artists? Well, since the venues most likely to have open mic nights are small venues with the least cash to pay royalties, this policy potentially could destroy one of the best opportunities for new musicians to play music. Hopefully the demands of publishers will leave minimal damage on the open mic landscape, but the whole thing seems ludicrous. When asked for comment, BMI public relations director Jerry Bailey advised up and coming songwriters to:“Write a hit song.” Zero Paid has a full report on the situation here.
Jerry Bailey’s fool proof Guide to Music Industry Success
1) Write hit song