Dave Ostrowski 
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Re: “ASCAP Targets Farmers' Markets and House Venues

As an indie folk touring artist, I rely on performances at local Farmers Markets in the Summer months as part of my income as a musician, in addition to performing at "traditional" venues such as bars, coffeehouses and concert clubs. At the Farmers Markets, I sometimes receive a fee plus tips and generally do quite well in CD sales. I have also started to get more house concert opportunities as well. I am a member of ASCAP and what they do tactically, along with BMI is unconscionable at times. While the concept is nice, the execution is deplorable. Over the past year I released a CD which received enough airplay on terrestrial and internet radio to hold a Top 25 position on the Roots Music Charts for 11 straight weeks. Haven't seen a penny yet. The only monies I receive from ASCAP are through a yearly program called the ASCAPlus Awards, which nets me about $200-250 per YEAR!!! I just recently discovered that ASCAP has a program called On Stage which is the counterpart to BMI's Live. Songwriters join PRO's for this very reason - in the hopes that their work receive enough exposure in a public forum such as radio or in TV or Film placement to begin to generate an income that is complimentary to income from live performances. Additionally and more than ever, with free downloads available everywhere, indie acts are relying on live performances as their primary source of income, along with the merch sales generated at those shows. If you squeeze out the venues that provide these opportunities to the smaller, lesser known acts, the PRO's are effectively mirroring the class system of our society and a small percentage of songwriters are receiving the majority of the songwriting wealth. - Dave

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Posted by Dave Ostrowski on 08/06/2013 at 10:40 AM

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