I have been in the fitness business for 30 years and just now am being harassed by a music licensing company demanding me to get a music license for my studio. I use music through a Yes app and my own Cd’s. Since when did this become or is it an issue for us small business owners? Is anyone else dealing with this matter, please respond to my question…This company calls and emails me all the time…
I think that sometimes group-ex instructors are more likely to hear about this than studio owners, especially if studio owners haven’t done group-ex. It was covered in my instructor curriculum in 1990 and I’ve heard the information many times since. But two different owners of personal training studios where I rented space looked at me like I had extra heads when I asked them if they were covered by ASCAP for music licensing.
But the rules are real, and the fines can be large.
That’s why there’s elevator music. It costs less to broadcast covers than original artists. It costs even less for a store or gym to license a playlist (or a few) that loops over and over and over.