Legalized extortion? DTM music venue owners…

"When I first opened I didn't have any idea about ASCAP - even moving from Nashville and seeing the big beautiful building with ASCAP proudly displayed atop it, I didn't know what it was," says Fellini's owner Jacie Dunkle. Ask most people, even those who like to listen to live music on the DTM, what ASCAP, BMI, and SESACO are, and you'll most likely get a blank stare. Ask a DTM music venue owner, however, and you'll get an earful. And don't be surprised if there's some gnashing of teeth and clenching of fists. Of all the potential hassles of hosting live music on the DTM, you'd think that battling multi-million dollar music organizations wouldn't be one of them. But it is.

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