Fitness Facilities

Music Licensing for Fitness Facilities

ASCAP members create music. You need music to keep your customers motivated and moving.

Here are the facts you need to know about the ASCAP music license for fitness studios:

• ASCAP is a membership organization of more than 715,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. Our members include both the hottest artists of today and the writers of your all-time favorite songs.

• Our license agreement makes complying with the law easy. U.S. copyright law requires you to obtain permission from music copyright owners to play their music in your facility. Instead of reaching out to hundreds of thousands of music creators yourself, a single ASCAP license agreement gives you permission to play music from any ASCAP member. We do the legwork so you don't have to (except in the gym).

• With an ASCAP music license, you have unlimited access to ASCAP's expansive catalogue of millions of songs which you can play as often as you want in a wide variety of ways. Whether it's off your computer, tablet, CD or even music provided by a DJ at club functions or classes - the music is licensed and you've complied with the law.

• We've partnered with the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) to develop a music license discount specifically for IHRSA members. IHRSA members receive a 10% discount off for the first year of their music license and 5% off every year after that! Interested in learning more about IHRSA? Visit their website to join or contact them at 1-800-227-4772 or info@ihrsa.org

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• Our license fees are affordable and are based on the size of your business and how you use music. The ASCAP license can cost less than a bottle of water per day.

• It's the right thing to do. Your license fee helps support America's smallest business owners - songwriters. 88¢ of every $1 from your license fee goes back to ASCAP members as royalties, allowing them to make a living from their craft and continue creating music to fuel your customers.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Frequently Asked Questions
How is the annual license fee for fitness clubs determined?
The rates for, and fees payable by, your club is based on a number of objective factors, which are all equally applicable to all fitness clubs. This means that you can be assured that businesses which use music in the same way that you do, pay on the same basis as your club. Factors include the number of group class participants, the square footage of the premises and any special events or virtual classes conducted by your facility.
Does my license cover every music copyright?
Although ASCAP is the oldest and largest performing rights organization in the world, not all copyright owners are represented by ASCAP. ASCAP represents over 715,000 songwriters, composers and publishers in the U.S., and many thousands more from all over the world. Our repertory contains millions of copyrighted works, with new works registered daily.
We hire fitness instructors who provide music for their classes. Don't they pay the royalty fees when they purchase the music?
A copyright owner enjoys several different rights, including the right to make and distribute recordings of songs, as well as the right to perform the song. The right to play a song publicly is not included with the purchase of a CD or a download. The price covers only the right to own the CD or download. One must obtain separate permission to perform a work publicly.
Is an ASCAP license required when TV's and/or Radio's are used?
ASCAP's license agreements with network and local television and radio stations, cable and satellite operators and websites and digital apps do not extend to the further playing of the music contained in such broadcasts in public establishments. A separate ASCAP license may be required for these performances in Fitness Clubs. Please see our General Licensing FAQ at https://www.ascap.com/help/ascap-licensing.
Why do fitness clubs need to be licensed to play copyrighted music?

Copyrighted property, like all personal property, requires permission from its owners for its use. Copyrighted music belongs to the songwriters who create it and that is why in order to play their music in your business, you must, by law, obtain permission from the copyright owners or their representatives, such as ASCAP.

When you obtain an ASCAP license, it protects you by granting lawful permission for you to use any of the millions of works in the ASCAP repertory.

Remember, songwriters need to make a living, too. The songwriter is often not the same person as the recording artist who recorded the song. Often, public performance royalties are the primary source of income for songwriters who don't earn a living on stage in the way a recording artist does.

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