The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) has secured exclusive music licensing agreements with ASCAP and BMI, the two largest music licensing companies in the country, which have been packaged by ARVC into one, singularly priced, affordable plan.
According to a press release, the agreements, finalized this month, provide ARVC member parks with discounts of up to 70% for ASCAP and BMI licensing fees, amounting to “potentially huge annual savings” for parks.
“The only way private park operators can obtain these discounts is to be a member of ARVC,” said Paul Bambei, ARVC’s president and CEO, adding that he anticipates a significant increase in ARVC membership as a result of the music licensing agreements. “Private park operators are always looking for ways to lower their operating costs and these agreements underscore once again how ARVC membership saves park operators money. If you’re not an ARVC member, you’re simply leaving lots of money on the table.”
Bambei continued, “We also see this as a win for private parks because park operators who participate in ARVC’s new music licensing program now have an effective way to stop unwanted phone calls from music licensing companies.”
Bambei said the agreements specifically forbid these music license companies from contacting any park that signs up to the new program with ARVC. The license will cover the entire calendar year from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, and any park that signs up within the current enrollment period will be “BMI-ASCAP license-protected” for the full, upcoming 2013 year.
Bambei said the music enrollment period begins immediately and that parks will have until Nov. 30 to sign up for the program that will cover the upcoming calendar year of 2013. Additionally, because BMI has already accepted fees (in some cases) in 2012 on their own that covered a portion of 2013, contractual arrangements have been made to refund any park owner for these applicable 2013 BMI license fees.
For more information call the ARVC office at (303) 681-0401. Parks that are not currently members of ARVC will need to join the association in order to participate in the program.