When asked if he would remove the Arts from the budget to pay for the war effort, Winston Churchill replied:

“Then what the hell are we fighting for?”



BMI, ASCAP and SESAC must change the business model of venue licensing.

To interview Michael Johnathon on this idea contact LANCE COWAN MEDIA


We love the PRO’s (BMI, ASCAP and SESAC), they have helped so many artists for decades. But as the world of music entered the digital age, ALL the business models have adjusted EXCEPT venue licensing. Why does this matter? There are no more CD music chains left in America, computers and cars no longer have CD slots. It has become almost impossible for most songwriters and performers to make a living, and digital streams pay virtually (no pun intended) nothing.

Hanging on to the current model of venue licensing is the same as the phone industry clinging to the rotary phone. It doesn’t work, and the PROs have no idea what songs are being performed and the songwriters are not getting paid.

Change must happen.


When a town is eviscerated by a tsunami that is not the time to demand rental property payments. The music world has been digitally destroyed by big-tech and by the pandemic. I offer my solution to the truth of the problem at the link below HOWEVER with an added point:

The digital platforms (YouTube, Facebook, Spotifyetc) should pay into a PRO-s system that artists apply for that pay for their licensing for FREE. Guaranteeing songwriters are paid, opening up thousands of paying staged and venues, putting musicians in front of the audiences that will buy their CDs and TShirts.


My argument comes in two parts:

ARTICLE ONE (click here): we must reduce the size of the overhead of the smaller music levels. This includes making it possible for smaller venues to open up paying stages for musicians and songwriters to meet their audience.

ARTICLE TWO (click here): changing from venue licensing to ARTIST licensing solves the problem. With an artist license, anyone can play anywhere they want, it’s like a drivers license … schools, farmers markets, coffee houses, festivals and theaters … and the songwriters are GUARANTEED to be paid for what is performed.

To be clear:

BMI and the PROS are doing exactly as they are supposed to do according to the law. They are good organizations with a wonderful history helping many. My argument is that the law needs to be changed to benefit the world of the musical arts. And I am NOT singling out BMI, I just happen to be part f the BMI family.




Both articles come from the book WoodSongs 4.

HEAR the song LEGACY click here

SONGFARMERS and how to redirect your music click here