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Royalties: Paying the Piper (Reprinted with permission.)

Almost all published music is protected by copyright and enforcement of these copyrights is growing more stringent. Organizations like ASCAP (American Society of Composers and Publishers) are beginning to police festivals and similar special events to ensure compliance with the law.

While most professional musicians are already covered by dues to ASCAP, most amateurs are not. If they perform any music which has been previously published and/or recorded, royalties must be paid or the performer and the festival are liable to lawsuits.

The same holds true for playing recorded music. Royalties must be paid regardless of the non-profi t status of the festival or its organizers, a change enacted in the 1978 revision of the copyright law. Ignorance of the law, once considered an excuse by the courts in music copyright matters, is no longer acceptable.

Planning a Successful Event,
Table of Contents

1. Planning
2. Organizing
3. Fundraising
4. Corporate Sponsorship
5. Promotion
6. Buying Media
7. Setting the Image of the Event
8. Operating
9. Buying Music Acts
10. Grounds Attractions
11. Sound, Lighting & Staging
12. Sample Artist Contract and Rider
13. From the Entertainers View
14. Backstage Hospitality
15. Talent Contests
16. Queen Contests
17. Parades
18. Horse Events
19. Rodeo's and Horse Events
20. Farm Youth Program
21. Choosing a Carnival
22. Concessions
23. Legalities and Risk Management
24. Event Insurance
25. Royalties
26. Location/Physical Facilities
27. Grounds and Facilities
28. Office and Staffing
29. Tractor Pulls
30. Estimating Crowd Attendance
31. Festival Evaluation
32. Event Impact Studies
33. Conclusion, Final Word

12 Ways to Kill an Event

Bibliography: Sources and Contributors