CMB Affirms Work Of NRB Toward Music Licensing Rates
December 1, 2011 at 6:42 AM (PT)
CHRISTIAN MUSIC BROADCASTERS (CMB) recently affirmed the work of the NATIONAL RELIGIOUS BROADCASTERS Non-Commercial Music Licensing Committee (NRBNMLC) in reaching a settlement for broadcast music licensing rates.
In a press release from CMB, the organization expressed gratitude to the committee in reaching an "11th hour agreement" with ASCAP, BMI and SESAC that will "save the vast majority of stations hundreds, possibly thousands of dollars from 2013 to 2017."
The NRBNMLC offered a plan to ASCAP, BMI and SESAC and the three organizations agreed to most aspects of the plan. The settlement reached keeps the broadcast music licensing rate schedule nearly flat from 2013 through 2017.
The parties filed settlement documents for COPYRIGHT ROYALTY BOARD (CRB) approval on October 31st. The panel will most likely affirm the settlement, should no other party file a challenge.
Additionally, ASCAP, BMI and SESAC have accepted the call for a Talk carve-out license that applies to NRBNMLC stations whose programming contains not more than 20 percent music. The rate details of all three deals will be disclosed upon approval.
The CMB Board of Directors also invited Christian music broadcast stations and networks to join them in sending a financial contribution to NRBNMLC to offset research expenses and legal counsel as an expression of thanks and solidarity.