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Resources for Folk Music Venues and Musicians

FAI has assembled this page to provide resources to help our members understand the complex issue of copyright.

Understanding Copyright, Royalties & Practical Application in Folk Music

Begin by reading the White Paper published by Folk Alliance International. This document summarizes the use of copyright basics, mechanical rights, and performing rights in folk music. Find answers to all your pressing questions about getting started.

Read Understanding Copyright, Royalties & Practical Application in Folk Music


ARTISTS - Additional Resources


ASCAP OnStage - Collecting Royalties for ASCAP artists

BMI Live - Collecting Royalties for BMI artists

SOCAN - Collecting royalties as a Canadian artist

SoundExchange Royalties

How the money flows! - How royalties are collected and paid


VENUES - Additional Resources


BMI Venue Licensing

ASCAP Venue Licensing

Venue License Finder

SESEC Venue Licensing


HOUSE CONCERTS - Additional Resources


Folk Alliance negotiated agreement to waive fees for private house concerts


COFFEEHOUSES - Additional Resources for Coffeehouses


Licensing for Coffee Shops


CHURCHES (and Non-Profit Religious Organizations) - Additional Resources


CCS Blanket License for live music in church facilities


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