ASCAP's 'Old Boy' network
Music Industry News - as it happens
Source: Mi2N - May 14, 2002
Two proposed amendments to ASCAP's (American Society of Composers, Authors
and Publishers) Articles of Association have infuriated some members.
Most of the 35 amendments deal with updating language and conforming the
Articles to ASCAP's new Consent Decree. But two would make significant
changes to ASCAP's election and grievance procedures, they say.
"Now the old boy network is blatantly squeezing out the little guy by
requiring hundreds of member signatures to even put a candidate on the
ballot and challenge the Board nominated candidates," said Norman Chesky of
Manhattan Production Music.
He went on that ASCAP's policy of refusing to disclose the identity of its
members or provide any contact information, "makes fulfilling the proposed
new requirement a practical impossibility" and said several ASCAP members
are looking into whether or not the proposed amendments would constitute a
restraint of trade, unfair business practice or other anti-competitive
Of the two amendments, he added that one would impose stringent new
standards on members wanting to run for the Board of Directors, while the
other would reduce the purview of ASCAP's internal Board of Review, making
it harder for members to bring protests. Both Policies have been in effect
for more than 40 years, and neither appeared to be the subject of abuse, he
Ballots were mailed out last week and the vote was held on the Thursday, May 16th.
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