Executive, American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).
1980 March 14
(2 hours, 12 minutes)
ASCAP executive Paul Marks discusses the history of performing rights, ASCAP and BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc., and his career. Discussion includes being hired as a lawyer in ASCAP’s legal department and working his way up to Managing Director; the importance of helping songwriters protect their creative works; the business structure of ASCAP; the competitive relationship between ASCAP and BMI; the history of performing rights organizations; the issue of BMI’s “illegal” status; the necessity of having the government involved in protecting the music industry, ASCAP, writers, music publishers, and the public; the ASCAP-radio “war” of 1941; fees collected by performance rights organizations from jukebox operators; differences between the ways ASCAP and BMI operate; Nashville’s diverse music scene; various awards given by ASCAP; major problems ASCAP faces; signing Bob Dylan; and how performance rights organizations work together to insure that the creator is compensated when his work is performed.