Lingo - Small Performing Rights

This term is used to describe the non-dramatic public performing rights that are represented by and licensed through the performing rights organizations: BMI, ASCAP and SESAC. Performances of individual musical works on radio and TV and at hotels, restaurants, on programmed music services, and in concerts are “small” performances. These performing rights cover individual musical works used in non-dramatic renditions and are to be distinguished from “grand rights.” Note that when individual musical compositions are used in a dramatic setting, with action, scenery and dialogue, as may be the case in a “revue,” it could be considered a “dramatic” performance and not be covered under a performing rights organization license (see GRAND RIGHTS).

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