Effective November 1, 2010, a U.S. Music Royalty Fee has been added to our patrons checks. Details about the specific costs being passed through to Catalina Jazz Club patrons in this U.S. Music Royalty Fee are provided below.
1. Why does Catalina Jazz Club pay music royalties?
Music royalty rights were established by Congress and are the product of the Copyright Act. Catalina Jazz Club is required to pay copyright music royalties to recording artists, musicians and recording companies who hold copyrights in sound recordings (the actual recording of a work). These royalties have risen dramatically as a result of a decision of the Copyright Royalty Board. Catalina Jazz Club must also pay music publishers who hold copyrights in musical compositions (or the lyrics and music) through their collective organizations, ASCAP, BMI and SESAC. These fees have also risen since March 2007.
2. Who is the Copyright Royalty Board?
The Copyright Royalty Board consists of three Copyright Royalty Judges who determine rates and terms for statutory copyright licenses that are set forth in the Copyright Act. These administrative judges are appointed by the Librarian of Congress.
3. Who benefits from the U.S. Music Royalty Fee?
100% of the U.S. Music Royalty Fee will be used to offset payments from Catalina Jazz Club to the music industry.
4. How is the U.S. Music Royalty Fee calculated?
We are passing along the increases in our costs attributable to statutorily or contractually required payments to the music, recording and publishing industries for the performance of musical works and sound recordings or for device recording fees since March 20, 2007, the date on which we applied to the FCC to approve the merger.
5. Do all Catalina Jazz Club patrons pay the same fee?
All Catalina Jazz Club patrons pay the same fee. We believe charging each of our patrons the same fee is most equitable.
6. How much is the U.S. Music Royalty Fee?
The fee is $0.45 per patron per show.