I good friend of mine who owns a restaurant had asked my brothers blues band to play one night just for fun at a private party he was throwing for friends. The band played ALL ORIGINAL compositions AND NOTHING ELSE and had a good time doing so! Unfortunately, someone PRed the band in the local entertainment paper and ASSCAP found out about the gig.
The restaurant was hit with a $650 fee for having a band play in the bar EVEN after the owner specifically told them it was a private party and the band did not play any cover tunes!
Verification needed? No problemo mamo!
ASSCAP needs to stop being so GODLY! The band rarely plays cover tunes unless asked for by the club owner. Besides, it was a private party!
I suppose when I sit down on the end of my bed at night and sing a few Beatles tunes, ASSCAP is going to send me a bill for $650 payable to Michael Jackson!
First the R.S., now ASCAP. Who's next?