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RRCA Announces Group Music License Service with Global Music Rights

05/18/2018

The RRCA now offers a combined group music license service through performing rights organizations ASCAP, BMI and Global Music Rights

Arlington, VA – The Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) and Global Music Rights, are pleased to announce that the two organizations have worked to develop a simple and cost-effective group music license service for members of the RRCA. This new service, coupled with the RRCA’s current group program with BMI and ASCAP will provide RRCA member clubs, events and event management companies with a simple process to obtain annual music licenses for events from these performing rights organizations (PRO) through a single transaction with the RRCA.

Similarly structured to the RRCA’s group liability insurance program for clubs and events, the RRCA ~ ASCAP ~ BMI ~ Global Music Rights group music license service has clearly outlined licensing fees, and the fees assessed are based on participation numbers for any/all events(s) that an RRCA member owns and will promote during the twelve (12) month period of the calendar year (Jan 1 – Dec 31) where music will be played. The RRCA will begin writing members to the music group starting retro-active back to January 1, 2018 for any events that need to ensure licensure compliance for 2018. 

Global Music Rights, founded in 2013, prides itself on being an active and progressive advocate for copyright holders in the current performing rights marketplace.ASCAP, BMI and SESAC are separate and distinct from Global Music Rights. Therefore, licenses with these other PROs do not grant you authorization to publicly perform the copyrighted music of Global Music Rights’ songwriters, composers, and publishers and vice versa. TheRRCA group music licensing service for its members is an important member benefit  The Global Music Rights catalog boasts artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Bruno Mars, Eddie Vedder, Pharrell Williams, and many more.

“When an event organizer plays music or someone performs music at an event, it is considered a public performance and event organizers must obtain a music license for the performing rights from a performing rights organization,” explained Jean Knaack, RRCA executive director. “By working with Global Music Rights along with BMI and ASCAP, the RRCA provides an opportunity for members to easily comply with the requirement to obtain a music license when music is played or performed during a running event in a ‘one-stop-shop’ format.  We also want to remind members to please pay for the music you play at your events.”

While RRCA members are not required by the RRCA to participate in this service offered to members, it is important for race directors to understand that no matter the size of the event, if play music is played without a license, the event may be subject to legal action from a performing rights organization (PRO).  Judgments from legal actions related to noncompliance with music licensing in other industries have been upwards of $35,000 and more in fines and legal fees due.

More detailed information about the RRCA ~ ASCAP ~ BMI ~ Global Music Rights group music license service, including fees, can be found at: www.rrca.org/our-programs-services/services/group-music-license-service

About the RRCA: The Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) is the oldest and largest national association of running organizations and runners dedicated to growing the sport since 1958. The RRCA champions the development of community-based running clubs and events that serve runners of all ages and abilities in pursuit of health and competition. The RRCA’s vision is to see an organized running club established in every community in the U.S. To learn more, visit: RRCA.org

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