Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Can I use a song for my political fundraiser?
I'm so glad you asked. If the venue at which you are holding your fundraiser has an ASCAP license, then no, you probably don't need to get permission. (An ASCAP license covers public performances of songs by ASCAP-songwriters like Declan Patrick MacManus.) If the venue doesn't have a license, or their license doesn't include your type of event, you'll need to obtain an ASCAP license. (Songwriters who are not affiliated with ASCAP are usually affiliated with BMI.) Of course, if you're hosting a national event, you may want to get the okay from the songwriter to avoid any negative post-fundraiser blowback.