Simply stated, whenever someone has an event and charges admission for the event and plays music written and/or performed by professional artists, a fee must be paid for use of the music. Major organizations who manage such programs are American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), and Society of European Stage Authors and Composers (SESAC).
Requirements are that anytime someone has an event and uses music managed by one of these organizations, the event organizer is required to pay for the songs used. The amount of payment is based upon the number of songs used and number of attendees. One can readily see that working with each organization, figuring out which music is managed by which organization, and how much is owed can be overwhelming. Thus, the National FastDance Association. The National FastDance Association has "umbrella" contracts with each of the music management organizations and is allowed to include organizations such as the Colonial Shag Club in their FastDance contracts. We, the Colonial Shag Club, belong to the National FastDance Association and make our payment through it. We pay a nominal amount (28 cents) for each attendee at each of our events requiring admission charges. So that's where 28 cents of your admission charge goes.
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