The RMLC and SESAC have reached agreement on a new set of new license forms that will cover the period of January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2018 and include the following key features:
- Like ASCAP and BMI, a single, percentage-of-revenue license fee for SESAC covering over-the-air, HD multicasting, and streaming. Music-format Represented Stations’ license fees during the term will be 0.2557% of Revenues (as defined in the 2017 ASCAP Radio Station License and net of the same 12% deduction included in the ASCAP license).
- An increased All-Talk Amendment discount. Talk-format Represented Stations will receive a 77.5% discount off of the music-format rate, resulting in an effective rate of 0.0575% of Revenues.
- A credit and refund mechanism. Represented Stations that overpaid SESAC on an interim basis since 2016 will receive a credit toward future license fees. Interim fee payments up to 3 times the station’s final 2016 SESAC license fee will be applied to the station’s 2016 and 2017 fees due under the new license, with any remainder set up as operational credits that can be applied against the station’s 2018 SESAC license fees. In addition, SESAC will refund any interim fee payments in excess of 3 times the station’s final 2016 SESAC license fee.
- Group Amendment available to owners of multiple stations. For administrative ease, station group owners can sign a single Group Amendment form on behalf of multiple stations. Station groups that sign the Group Amendment can add stations acquired during the license term to their Group Amendment.
- No minimum-fee provision and no music-usage reporting requirements.
These improved SESAC license terms are only available to stations that initially authorized the RMLC to represent them in negotiations and arbitration against SESAC for the license term of January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2018 and which maintained their eligible status throughout that process.
The new SESAC Radio Broadcast Performance License for RMLC Represented Stations will be available at https://www.sesac.com/RMLCLicense on January 24, 2018. The completed license and exhibits, where applicable (All Talk Amendment and/or Amendment for Station Groups) should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Annual Report Forms for 2016 and 2017 are also available at https://www.sesac.com/RMLCLicense and should be emailed to email@example.com.
Eligible stations must sign and return the appropriate license forms to SESAC by March 26, 2018 in order to receive the full benefits of the RMLC’s efforts negotiating and arbitrating on those stations’ behalf.
The 2019-2022 SESAC Radio Station License
With 2018 already upon us, the RMLC will soon begin negotiations with SESAC on rates and terms to apply to RMLC-represented stations for January 1, 2019-December 31, 2022. If SESAC will not agree to reasonable rates and terms by the end of 2018, the RMLC will continue to protect the stations it represents in arbitration.
Stations that want to continue to receive the benefits of RMLC representation must maintain their eligibility under the RMLC-SESAC settlement agreement by avoiding delinquency in license fee payments to SESAC. If you execute the aforementioned 2016-2018 SESAC license forms, submit the requisite 2016 and 2017 Annual Reports and make timely payments to SESAC under your new SESAC license, you will remain a Represented Station for the next license term. No further action is required at this time.
Stations that were declared ineligible to receive the benefits associated with the 2016-2018 SESAC license may still have the opportunity to “opt-in“ to become an RMLC Represented Station for the 2019-2022 license process. Please click on the link below and complete and return the Authorization Form to the RMLC by no later than March 31, 2018. Due to the importance attached to this RMLC Authorization form, we encourage you to retain a record of RMLC receipt of the Authorization form. Upon request, the RMLC will be happy to acknowledge receipt of the form for your records.