By virtue of their paying the standard licensing fees to the Performance Rights Organizations, broadcasters have the right to play whatever music they like from a PRO’s catalog. Same goes for the public appearances: as long as the organizers have cleared the necessary music licenses, which they likely have done if the venue doesn’t already have a blanket license, they can play whatever they want to. For major label artists who find themselves at odds with the use of their music in such situations, they can often cause enough of a PR stir that the folks in question are better off granting the request to cease and desist, even if there are no legal ramifications. Read more.
Have you ever heard serious musicians likened to competitive athletes? It’s a worthy comparison in many ways. Just like world-class swimmers or football players, dedicated musicians spend years training, honing their technique, and practicing hours a week so when the time comes, their skills are sharp and their focus is tight. And, just like athletes, musicians can get injured doing what they love. Read more.