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Issue Date: Vol. 50, No. 12, December 2010, Posted On: 11/30/2010

Jukebox License Fees Increase Slightly

Marcus Webb
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NASHVILLE, TN -- After holding rates steady for two years, the Jukebox License Office announced that it will increase licensing fees in 2011 for the public performance of music on CD and 45-RPM coin phonographs. The cost for an operation's first jukebox increases to $439 from $434 last year. For all other jukeboxes licensed by the same business, a standard rate of $101 per jukebox applies, up $1 from last year.

Members of the Amusement and Music Operators Association are entitled to a discounted rate of $74 per jukebox after purchasing the first license at full price. Last year’s AMOA rate was $73.

In order to qualify for the AMOA member discount in 2011, association members are required to (1) submit their 2010 Schedule A and payment by March 15, 2011; (2) pay AMOA membership dues before sending in their JLO renewal; and (3) provide their AMOA Member ID number on the renewal form where indicated.

The JLO said it will mail renewal materials in early January to all jukebox operators who are currently licensed. Signed agreements and fees for new certificates are due back by March 15. According to the JLO, a new jukebox should be registered 30 days after its purchase; forms are available at jukeboxlicense.com.

The JLO administers the Jukebox License Agreement on behalf of the performing rights organizations ASCAP, SESAC and BMI. The agreement enables operators to pay a blanket fee to cover all public performance of copyrighted music that is protected by the PROs. The office is located at 1700 Hayes St., Ste. 201, Nashville, TN 37203; (800) 955- 5853 or (615) 320-4000.

Jukebox license fees are normally adjusted according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index. The JLO agreement does not cover digital downloading machines, whose networking software records actual plays and computes royalty payments. In 2009, the office licensed about 26,100 CD and vinyl boxes.

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