Originally Posted by nhzoso
Pay some greedy talentless hack money for playing the radio (a free public service BTW) in your restaurant.
Yeah, I think you've totally missed the point there. Organisations like ASCAP exist to ASSIST the songwriter by paying them broadcast royalties that they are entitled to. Many musician rely on their royalty payments when they are distributed to them, and are very grateful that organisations like ASCAP exist. Otherwise they'd be ringing up each radio station asking for their individual royalty payment... if
they heard it on air.