I have decided to ramp up my repetoire and try for part time employment as a lounge pianist. I'm not going for "piano bar" situations but, rather, lounge playing which is more for setting an elegant ambiance rather than entertaining enibriates sitting around the piano yelling out requests.
Fortunately, here in San Diego there are a number of swanky resorts, restaurants, etc. that have lounge pianists playing on pretty decent house grand pianos. Can anybody help me out with the following questions:
1. Are there BMI/ASCAP fees that have to be paid by the restaurant/resort for playing compositions not in the public domain?
2. If I play sheet music versions of compositions (my goal is to memorize not read while playing) is there a problem with copyright laws
3. Do the songs I play need to be my own arrangements thus avoiding any royalty/copyright law issues?