BMI, in partnership with Saper Law and the Illinois Restaurant Association, sponsored a session recently (8/26) in Chicago on music licensing aimed at educating restaurant and bar owners in the Chicago area on how to legally play music in their establishments. BMI’s Dan Spears discussed when a restaurant or venue needs a public performance license, how licensing fees are calculated and where the money goes. In addition, award-winning BMI songwriter Dylan Altman was on hand to talk about the role that a performing rights organization plays in a songwriter’s career and how much he appreciates the restaurant industry for supporting his career and allowing him to continue to create music. To wrap up the seminar, Dylan performed a few of his # 1 hits, including Jake Owens’ “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” while telling the stories behind the songs.
Pictured after the presentation (l to r):