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Do you have to pay royalties in a wedding band?

My husband is currently playing in a wedding band (they are in the practice stage right now - not actually playing gigs yet). He is wondering if their band is supposed to pay royalties for the songs they cover when they perform? I know regular "cover" bands do not have to pay, because the venue where they play takes care of paying the copyright fees. However, a wedding could be anywhere! Not necessarily at a venue that has taken care of that fee. So would they need to get a license or pay?

They have also recorded a "demo" which they plan to distribute to their potential customers - is that something they need to get a license or permission to do?

Thanks for your help, in advance.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Are you in the US? The two organizations that handle this are The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP - and Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI - The band can check out their web sites and probably will find that information. If not, the band members can call around to some of the local venues and ask whether or not the venue has a license that covers bands.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    What kind of world would that be?

    It's got to be only a totally insane musician that would get angry about his or her song being played by a wedding band at a wedding.

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