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.
18 blocks north of the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas