NASHVILLE -- The Jukebox License Office has published its rates for 2014. The annual license fee for the first jukebox is $486, up from the present $464. The standard rate for additional phonographs is $108; the rate for members of the Amusement and Music Operators Association is $80 for jukeboxes other than the first one. These fees cover calendar year 2014 (January through December).
The JLO is mailing renewal materials to presently licensed operators. The necessary documents should be received early in January 2014.
An AMOA member can qualify for the substantial additional-jukebox discount by returning the 2014 Schedule A and payment by March 15 making sure to include the AMOA member identification number on the renewal form. AMOA membership dues should be paid before the JLO renewal is returned.
Jukebox operators not presently licensed should obtain a license within 30 days of placing a phonograph. The necessary forms can be downloaded from the JLO website, jukeboxlicense.com. Forms also may be requested by calling (615) 320-4000 or faxing to (615) 320-4004, for delivery by the U.S. Postal Service.
JLO is headquartered at 1700 Hayes St., Suite 201, Nashville, TN 37203.
The JLO administers the Jukebox License Agreement on behalf of the performing rights organizations, which are ASCAP, BMI and SESAC. The agreement enables operators to pay a blanket fee to cover all public performance of copyrighted music that is protected by the PROs. Fees are normally adjusted according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index. The agreement does not cover digital downloading machines, whose networking software records actual plays and computes royalty payments.