Should the state be able to use our songs for free?

David Mellor

David Mellor is CEO and Course Director of Audio Masterclass. David has designed courses in audio education and training since 1986 and is the publisher and principal writer of

Thursday January 6, 2011

There was an article in Audio Masterclass recently titled German kindergartens to be made to pay for children to sing.

The article made the point that where a business uses music to help it make a profit, then the creators of that music, assuming it is still in copyright, deserve to be paid. But one comment was rather interesting...

Job Van Zuijlen, Arlington, Va, USA

Are they businesses in Germany? That would the point, so unless you actually live in Germany, your comment doesn't make sense.

Where I live, Kindergarten is part of the public school system, so not a business. I also doubt if it would benefit the individual songwriter. It would benefit the performance right societies, who then, using a magic wand, distribute it to those who already have the most.

Anyway, it sounds pretty ridiculous to me... I guess it's just back to nursery rhymes.

This is a valid comment, which we interpret this to mean that while a business makes a profit and ought to pay, a kindergarten that is state funded doesn't make a profit and therefore doesn't need to pay.

This really does open up a whole new can of rather slimy and wriggly worms.

Suppose for instance that someone wanted to open a high-class kindergarten in this region. There will always be parents willing to pay a premium to get what they consider to be a better service, so as a business model it should be viable.

But the owner of this business already has to compete against publicly funded services. And now following the logic of the comment it seems that while it may be considered fair that the business pays to use music, publicly funded kindergartens do not.

So the business has an extra expense, making it tougher to compete against the state.

At Audio Masterclass we have always said that musicians, songwriters and composers deserve to get paid for their work. And paid for their music, not their t-shirts. So we will add that we also believe that where music is used by public bodies, the creators of that music should be rewarded at the same rate as if that music were used by a business.

Like, follow, and comment on this article at Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Instagram or the social network of your choice.

Come on the Audio Masterclass Pro Home Studio MiniCourse - 60 great hints and tips to get your home recording studio MOVING

It's FREE!

Get It Now >>

An interesting microphone setup for violinist Nigel Kennedy

Are you compressing too much? Here's how to tell...

If setting the gain correctly is so important, why don't mic preamplifiers have meters?

The Internet goes analogue!

How to choose an audio interface

Audio left-right test. Does it matter?

Electric guitar - compress before the amp, or after?

What is comb filtering? What does it sound like?

NEW: Audio crossfades come to Final Cut Pro X 10.4.9!

What is the difference between EQ and filters? *With Audio*

What difference will a preamp make to your recording?

Watch our video on linear phase filters and frequency response with the FabFilter Pro Q 2

Read our post on linear phase filters and frequency response with the Fabfilter Pro Q 2

Harmonic distortion with the Soundtoys Decapitator

What's the best height for studio monitors? Answer - Not too low!

What is the Red Book standard? Do I need to use it? Why?

Will floating point change the way we record?

Mixing: What is the 'Pedalboard Exception'?

The difference between mic level and line level

The problem with parallel compression that you didn't know you had. What it sounds like and how to fix it.

Compressing a snare drum to even out the level

What does parallel compression on vocals sound like?

How to automate tracks that have parallel compression

Why mono is better than stereo for recording vocals and dialogue