AMOA Visits with Performing Rights Organizations
While the number of CD jukeboxes has declined for the past several years, the discount on JLO (Jukebox License Office) licenses remains a key member offering, with more than 475 AMOA operators taking advantage of the program last year.
The Jukebox License Agreement (JLA) between AMOA and the PROs (Performing Rights Organizations) will continue through 2016.
It had been several years since AMOA sat down with representatives of the three PROs: ASCAP, BMI and SESAC. and in the interim, some of the contacts have changed.
Thus, a long overdue meeting between the groups was conducted on Tuesday of this week in Nashville, TN.
Following introductions, attendees discussed the 2015 renewal cycle, envisioned modifications/enhancements to next year's program, the status of the agreement beyond 2016 and the potentially seismic shifts in the way music is regulated by the U.S. Copyright Office.
While no decisions beyond 2016 were made, the meeting was productive, inasmuch as the lines of communication on a still relevant program were re-established and solidified.
Those in attendance at the meeting , conducted at BMI's headquarters on Music Row in Nashville included:
Curtis Hall, manager, licensing sales, SESAC;
John T. Johnson, senior vice president, licensing, ASCAP;
Teresa A. Stafford-Scherer, senior director, licensing, key accounts;
Kim Lorance, ASCAP;
Gaines Butler, Metro Distributors, Norcross, GA, and Chairman, AMOA Jukebox License Committee;
Russell J. Mawdsley, Russell-Hall, Inc., Holyoke, MA, and former Chairman, AMOA Jukebox License Committee;
Jack Kelleher, AMOA Executive Vice President.