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Unread 09-24-2012, 11:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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"Music Mafia", dedicated to ASCAP/BMI

I posted a thread a couple of days ago in the Backstage ranting about ASCAP/BMI and how they went a long way towards shutting down the music scene in my area. Apparently, this is happening all over the United States...particularly in rural areas where there just isn't enough money to pay the fees.

So, I got to thinkin' about it, and I decided to write a song!

Here it is. It's kind of rough, but the gist of it is there...

The "Music Mafia" Song! - YouTube

The "Music Mafia" Song! - YouTube

EDIT: Dunno why the screen ain't showin' up. Ah well, the link is there...And incidentally...

if you're sitting there thinking that ASCAP or BMI is doing the music community well, what they're REALLY doing is marginalizing the majority of us in favor of paying off the few. It really is like saying you're with the 1% while at the same time you ain't in that "club".

Two Points:

1. Most members of ASCAP/BMI do not see royalty checks at all. What we DO see are same organizations leaning on our venues whether they play originals or covers.

2. The effect of the fees: Venues either shut down, or the cost is passed on to performing musicians, ie, reduced wage, no wage at all, or pay to play.

Bonus Point: It is highly doubtful any of the fees being extorted from venues are being shared with other artists since it's not something that can be tracked like a purchase or a radio play. It's more likely ASCAP/BMI are lining their own pockets over these tactics.

How exactly are they supporting YOU, or ME?

They're not.

PS: I sincerely hope never to meet an employee of either company. I would NOT have too many kind words. As it is I don't have too many kind words for a narc who lives in my area. He successfully managed to cut the throat of all of the local musicans and himself in the process. D Bag...
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Unread 09-26-2012, 05:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: "Music Mafia", dedicated to ASCAP/BMI

A slightly slower version of the song.

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