Information courtesy of the National Restaurant Association
You Play Music In Your Restaurant,
Now What Do You Do?
BMI (NY): 212-220-3000
(BMI discount for NYSRA members!)
SESAC (NY): 212-586-3450 (SESAC discount for NYSRA members!)
- Determine what kind(s) of music you play
how often you play music. Do you have a singer perform at your
establishment once a week? Do you allow dancing on holidays such as St.
Patrick's Day? Do you set up for Karaoke on Sundays or any other day?
These are just some questions you must consider when determining the
frequency you play music.
- Contact ASCAP, BMI and SESAC to
determine if you need to sign a music license agreement. Make sure you
cover your bases by calling ALL THREE societies.
- Copyright law
says that an infringer of a copyright may be liable for: the copyright
owner's actual damages as a result of the violation and any profits of
the infringer attributable to the infringement; statutory
damages of $750-$50,000 per copyrighted work (if the infringement was
willful, the court may increase the damages to $100,000). The law
also adds a possible new penalty: two times the amount of the license
fee if the proprietor did not have reasonable grounds to believe that
he/she was exempt.
- In addition to these damages, the court may award reasonable attorneys' fees to the prevailing party.