PROBLEM RESOLVED! I'm in a fairly new country band that's starting to get some really good gigs. We recently got asked to be the house band for a big country festival that will happen next year. I personally know one of the main people running it and trust her very much. My band leader just forwarded me the contract and there's one part I'm not sure about: "Indemnify for Copyright Infringement: ARTIST(s) represent and warrant that they are knowledgeable about the copyright laws of the United States as applicable to the Performance. ARTIST(s) shall not perform any copyrighted materials of others during Performance without full compliance with such applicable copyright laws. In the event that ARTIST(s) breaches this representation, warranty and covenant, ARTIST(s) hereby agree to INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS BUYER and its employees, guests and agents from and against all liability, loss, damages, claims, and expenses (including attorney's fees) arising out of said breach." We are primarily a cover band so this would be an issue for us. I've always been under the assumption that the venues, not the musicians, are responsible for obtaining the license. I went to the ASCAP website and found this in the FAQ: "Some people mistakenly assume that musicians and entertainers must obtain licenses to perform copyrighted music or that businesses where music is performed can shift their responsibility to musicians or entertainers. The law says all who participate in, or are responsible for, performances of music are legally responsible. Since it is the business owner who obtains the ultimate benefit from the performance, it is the business owner who obtains the license. Music license fees are one of the many costs of doing business." That seems to confirm what I thought. I know that this definitely applies to bars, but I don't know if a festival would be handle differently. This is the first time we've had to sign a contract for a gig, so we have pretty much no experience with this. The people that we are working with have been running a very successful gun show for years, but I don't know if they have much experience with live music. What do you guys think? Are they in their right to put that in the contact, or should they be held responsible to get the licence?