licensing fees are a necessary operating expense overlooked by many low power
would be impossible for song writers and performers to individually collect
royalty and copyright payments from broadcasters and others using music.
This problem has been solved by the three major music licensing
organizations: the American Society of Composers, Artists, and Composers; Broadcast Music
Incorporated; and the Society European
Composers, Artists, Publisher collectively represent the majority of
professional musicians in the United States.
Blanket annual license fees solve the time consuming job of tracking and
reporting each individual song placed.
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stations get music from many sources – free CDs and tapes from famous and
Normally the artist wants air play, not a check from you!
You might buy music at a store, download from the Internet, or people
might give the station music from their personal collection.
Always check the music label to see if it is licensed or check the artist
databases from the Big Three, updated weekly.
Any time you use unlicensed music it is wise to contact the artist.
If your station has a web site (it should) you can offer to give their
contact information on your site and a hyperlink to their site.
On the other hand, if someone pays you (cash or gifts) to play anything,
you must acknowledge this with on-air
“underwriting announcements” or you could go to jail for violating the
To Request Current Music Licensing Procedures and Fees contact: