performance rights fees for collegiate choral ensemble on tour
Date: November 15, 2012
Quick question (I hope): the church where I serve as Director of Music will be hosting a concert by a touring collegiate choral ensemble in March. The church maintains a blanket license to cover performance rights fees for all of the music performed within its facilities - but this license does not include ticketed events. The concert which the collegiate choir will be presenting will be a ticketed event. A representative from the choir states that they have never had to pay performance rights fees before so they believe that they are exempt from them. I know that performances that occur at educational institutions are generally exempt under fair use, but are performances by collegiate choirs on tour in non-educational venues also exempt from paying performance rights fees? Or is it possible that the college/university holds its own blanket license that covers these types of activities?
Thanks in advance for any information!