September 19, 2005 13:52 ET

ASCAP Announces Music License Fee Waiver for Local Customers Affected by Katrina

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 19, 2005 -- In a move to aid local customers affected by Hurricane Katrina, ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) announced today that it is waiving the licensing fees owed by customers located in the affected Gulf Coast area. Restaurants, bars, retail outlets and educational institutions will not have to pay from September through December 2005, and local radio and television customers will be credited for the months of September and October 2005.

A complete list of eligible areas is available at

"Many of ASCAP's licensing customers, the users of our members' music, were devastated by the effect of Hurricane Katrina," said ASCAP Senior Vice President of Licensing Vincent Candilora. "We want to do what we can to help get them on the road to recovery as soon as possible."

This contribution by ASCAP complements the special concert performances made by a long list of the society's singer/songwriter members including Kelly Clarkson, Coldplay (PRS), Elvis Costello (PRS), Green Day, Emmylou Harris, Alicia Keys, Diana Krall (SOCAN), Lenny Kravitz, Dave Matthews, John Mayer, Paul McCartney (PRS), Rob Thomas, U2 (PRS), Tom Waits, and Neil Young.

Additionally, the ASCAP Employees for Relief Fund has announced a special ASCAP employee benefit concert scheduled for September 21, 2005 at 2:00 pm at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College in Manhattan (10th Avenue between 58th and 59th Streets). For ticket availability and more details, please call the ASCAP Employees for Relief special concert hotline at 800-272-2795 or email


Established in 1914, ASCAP is the first and leading Performing Rights Organization in the U.S., representing the world's largest repertory which totals over 8 million copyrighted musical works of every style and genre from more than 220,000 composer, lyricist and music publisher members. Additionally, ASCAP represents the works in the repertories of 70 affiliated foreign performing rights organizations created by many thousand affiliated international members. ASCAP is committed to protecting the rights of its members by licensing and collecting royalties for the public performance of their copyrighted works, and then distributing these fees to the Society's members based on performances. Unlike the other American Performing Rights Organizations, ASCAP's Board of Directors is made up solely of writers and publishers, elected by the membership every two years.

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