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ASCAP Jukebox License
By Ed Gaida

A jukebox (more properly known as a phonograph record player), if
placed on public location, requires an ASCAP license of $364.00 per
year.  If you own more than one, then the second one and each unit
thereafter will cost you $83.00.

To put things in perspective, a modern CD jukebox costs between
$4,600.00 and $5,000.00+.  To fully populate the box with discs will
nick you another $1,000.00, assuming the using wholesale cost of the
CDs.  All proceeds from the cash box are split 50-50 [between the
jukebox owner] with the location owner.

Typically, the machines are set at fifty US cents per play or three
plays for US$1.00.  Factory default for pricing is two plays for
US$1.00.  Find out all you need to know and more at

I got out of the coin op business in 1994 and the ASCAP fees were much
lower then.  If a location has live music, their license for [live
music at] that location does _not_ cover the jukebox -- it still has
to have an ASCAP sticker.

My family was in the coin op business from 1932 until I retired the
license in 1994.  We made a lot of extra money selling the records we
took off the machines to collectors, especially the 78 rpm records.
No, I don't have any records left from my collection.  I sold them all,
in bulk, in 1996.

Ed Gaida
18 blocks north of the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas

(Message sent Mon 16 Jun 2003, 16:08:25 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

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