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Legal Implications of Music in Senior Housing

July 19, 2012

Music can be heard in many businesses, establishments, and communities —including through a range of seniorshousing. As just a few examples, seniors housing might use music for parties and social events, dance and exerciseclasses, and "sing alongs," for music performances ranging from professional musicians to resident talent shows,or even for ambience during mealtimes, while "on hold" during a telephone call, or in elevators. Some seniorshousing organizations have begun reviewing the legal implications of using music in their communities; somehave been specifically prompted to do so after having been contacted by a performing rights organization, such asASCAP (short for "American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers"), BMI (short for "Broadcast Music,Inc."), or SESAC (which is now just "SESAC").These organizations charge fees in exchange for license agree-ments that expressly allow a community to publicly perform music covered by their catalogs of artists...

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