Q. I’ve never paid for a music license in the past, why now?
A.If you are playing music beyond a normal circle of friends and family, you are violating U.S. Copyright Law and your event is considered a public performance. You are thus required to purchase rights to that music. ASCAP, BMI and GMR are the leading music rights companies.
Q. Who are ASCAP, BMI and GMR?
A. The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), Broadcast Music Inc., and Global Music Rights (GMR), are the leading performing rights organizations in the nation. They have joined forces to ensure their members (musicians and record labels) obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their members’ works.
Q. My event pays licensing fees direct, why should I pay Running USA?
A. Running USA has negotiated discounted license fees and can help save you time and money. You can register all of your events in one easy location and pay one time. Savings to members that purchase a music license range from 15% up to as much as 50% what an organization would pay on the open market.
Q. What if my event has more than 30,000 participants for ASCAP or GMR and more than 50,000 for BMI?
A. Please contact Brian Lyons, Running USA Director of Membership, at firstname.lastname@example.org to address this concern.