Watch this and tell me that musicians need ASCAP:
ASCAP isn't always necessary. It hurts start ups, it hurts venues, it hurts musicians looking to break into the field. I value music as much as as any audiophile, but that's not a fee local restaurants can easily afford. It's not that restaurants want it free, it's that they can't afford it free. Look at it from this perspective:
If you play original music and they can charge admission they are happy to pay for you, but the fact is you are earning your music money on your own merits at this point. You don't just get it for showing up. If a restaurant is already trafficked and full without a musician, a musician isn't making them any extra money, and they'd have to pay the ASCAP fees to boot. They are very plain that they can't afford to hire you for money. If you go to play anyways you're working for tips, and if you agree to it that's completely fair. That's how it is, and if musicians are uncomfortable with that, they should take it up with ASCAP.
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Jul 21, 2016
vol XXVII issue 29
The North Coast Journal Weekly
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