August 05, 2016

National Restaurant Association Applauds DOJ Actions on Music Licensing

(Washington, D.C.) Today, National Restaurant Association Director of Commerce and Entrepreneurship, Laura Chadwick, issued a statement following the Department of Justice’s decision to uphold protections against anti-competitive music licensing practices:

“As America’s restaurants continue to be the gathering place for millions of Americans each day, food and entertainment go hand in hand. Music plays a pivotal role in creating a welcoming environment for diners but the process of music licensing continues to be a challenge for our membership. We are pleased that the U.S. Department of Justice will keep the BMI and ASCAP consent decrees unchanged.

“We are also pleased that the Department of Justice has reaffirmed the concept of 100% or blanket licensing. Our members have been and continue to be sold blanket licenses, allowing them to play any and all music within a performance rights organization’s repertoire. Any change to this long-held practice would have created even more complexity for our members when it comes to music licensing.”

About the National Restaurant Association

Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which comprises 1 million restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of 15.6 million employees. We represent the industry in Washington, D.C., and advocate on its behalf. We sponsor the industry's largest trade show (National Restaurant Association Show); leading food safety training and certification program (ServSafe); unique career-building high school program (the NRAEF's ProStart). For more information, visit Restaurant.org and find us on Twitter @WeRRestaurants, Facebook and YouTube.