ASCAP and Singing Songs
Pete McMullen (petemc@COMMUNITY.NET)
Fri, 23 Aug 1996 09:44:27 -0700
Unfortunately what you heard is true. ASCAP (the American Society of
Composers, Authors and Publishers) can enforce this rule. Generally
anytime a sonc is performed in public they CAN demand such a fee.
Recently they have been going after small restaurants and bars, I was
suprised to see them go after ths couts. I heard on the radio this
morning that they had reacted to bad publicity and were going to have a
meeting with GSUSA on monday. I would suggest it would be in our
interest to write or call ASCAP and keep the pressure on. The irony here
is that one of the songs in question, "God Bless America", the composer,
Irving Berlin donated ALL his royalties to Scouting in New York. When
will the Greed end.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City