RRCA Announces Group Music License Service with ASCAP

September 22nd, 2017

The RRCA now offers a combined group music license service through both performing rights organizations ASCAP and BMI.

Arlington, VA – The Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) are pleased to announce that the two organizations have worked to develop a simple and cost-effective group music license service for members of the RRCA, offering a discounted rate of 10% off the regular licensing fee for an endurance event. This new service, coupled with the RRCA’s current group program with BMI, is a first-of-its-kind in the running industry and will provide RRCA member clubs, events and event management companies with a simple process to obtain annual music licenses for events from both performing rights organizations (PRO) through a single transaction with the RRCA.

Similarly structured to the RRCA’s group liability insurance program for clubs and events, the RRCA ~ ASCAP ~ BMI group music license service has clearly outlined license fees, and the fees assessed are based on participation numbers for any/all events(s) that an RRCA member owns and will promote during the twelve (12) month period of the calendar year (Jan 1 – Dec 31) where music will be played. The RRCA will begin writing members to the ASCAP music group starting on October 1, 2017 for any events that still need a music license for this calendar year.  Music licenses from both BMI and ASCAP for 2018 events will be available to all RRCA members when the join/renew process opens in mid-October for the organization.

“When an event organizer plays music or someone performs music at an event, it is considered a public performance and event organizers must obtain a music license for the performing rights from a performing rights organization,” explained Jean Knaack, RRCA executive director. “By working with ASCAP along with BMI, the RRCA provides an opportunity for members to easily comply with the requirement to obtain a music license when music is played or performed during a running event in a ‘one-stop-shop’ format.  We also want to remind members to please pay for the music you play at your events.”

While RRCA members are not required by the RRCA to participate in this service offered to members, it is important for race directors to understand that no matter the size of the event, if play music is played without a license, the event may be subject to legal action from a performing rights organization (PRO).  Judgments from legal actions related to noncompliance with music licensing in other industries have been upwards of $35,000 and more in fines and legal fees due.

More detailed information about the RRCA ~ ASCAP ~ BMI group music license service, including fees, can be found at: www.rrca.org/our-programs-services/services/group-music-license-service

About the RRCA: The Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) is the oldest and largest national association of running organizations and runners dedicated to growing the sport since 1958. The RRCA champions the development of community-based running clubs and events that serve runners of all ages and abilities in pursuit of health and competition. The RRCA’s vision is to see an organized running club established in every community in the U.S. To learn more, visit: RRCA.org

About ASCAP: ASCAP is home to more than 625,000 music creator members across all genres – the greatest names in music, and thousands more in the early stages of their careers. ASCAP is the only PRO in the US owned and governed by its members. ASCAP licenses over 10 million ASCAP songs and scores to the businesses that play them publicly, then send the money to our members as royalties. Learn more at ASCAP.com

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RRCA Announces Group Music License Service with ASCAP

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