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Yes. That’s exactly correct. If you don’t use a service like Stream Licensing, you have to pay ASCAP, BMI, SESAC and Soundexchange. This is exactly what the commercial station I work for does. Obviously, they’ve been paying the three PROS for decades, and SecureNet handles our billing, etc for SoundExchange. And we pay a small additional fee to the others for the stream rights.
I haven’t looked closely at streaming costs for my Part 15 because I don’t need it, and don’t need the extra paperwork and details, and computers, and etc. I’m doing quite well just broadcasting. However, if you are paying BMI for your radio broadcast music rights (and if you are broadcasting music you should be) BMI offers a special low cost stream license for Part 15 stations. It’s all on their website. ASCAP does not offer such. SESAC sent me a waiver for broadcast rights, and I’ve never investigated their stream costs.
Speaking of ASCAP. As I’ve mentioned before I have had, over two years, no luck in getting them to license me for Part 15 broadcasting. I’ve called, emailed, called back, been referred to others on the phone, and in emails, etc. Finally a couple months ago I wrote them a letter, explained the station, and that I purchased a Part 15 station broadcast music license from BMI and would like to do so with ASCAP. I explained that I have spent two years trying to get someone there to help me. Finally I offered that I would imagine that their Part 15 license would probably cost about the same as a BMI license, so I wrote a station check to ASCAP for that amount and sent it with the letter. I told them I would consider myself licensed. Well, they cashed the check. If anyone ever complains that I’m not licensed I’ll be able to demonstrate that they accepted my money and we’ll go from there.
Tim in Bovey