Music: B. M. I. Expands

In the music trade ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) is a set of initials to be reckoned with. ASCAP holds the performing rights to most copyright music, collects blanket fees from radio networks and stations, doles out prorated royalties to ASCAP members. ASCAP collects in other ways that few people suspect. For example, Yankee Doodle and Dixie, as usually performed by orchestras, pay ASCAP fees. Reason: although the tunes themselves are in the public domain, the rights to arrangements of them are held by ASCAP for the arrangers. Most orchestras find it simpler to use an existing arrangement...

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