NEXTUNE Music, based in Bellevue, Washington, now features SESAC music in its licensed music service for businesses. NEXTUNE Music, available in the Apple App Store since July, featured ASCAP-, BMI- and GMR-licensed music for restaurants, retail shops and many other public background music systems.
Beginning in October, NEXTUNE’s music service will include music from SESAC’s more than 30,000 songwriters such as Adele, Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond and other popular artists. NEXTUNE’s iOS App offers business owners the best way to get the music they want without having to obtain separate public performance licenses from ASCAP, BMI, GMR, SOCAN and SESAC.
Michael DuKane, president of NEXTUNE, says, “We always strive to provide our subscribers with the best music no matter what type of business establishment they operate. We’re exceedingly proud to now make SESAC part of the NEXTUNE music experience.” The NEXTUNE App, exclusively available on the Apple App Store, comes with over 150 curated music channels that target specific business environments like restaurants, spas, retail stores and hotels. Business owners can even make their own channel and save it into a Favorites list. Each channel includes licensed music for public performance so business owners have no need to get direct licenses from any rights society to play NEXTUNE Music in their establishments.
Business owners have struggled for years with the confusing nature of public performance licensing and the various performing rights societies. Many business owners don’t even realize they need a public performance license to play music in their establishments. For others, it’s far easier to use a consumer streaming service licensed for personal use and risk the steep fines for copyright infringement rather than subscribing to a licensed music source.
With the iOS App from NEXTUNE, business owners can download and go. No waiting for equipment or installation. Plug an iPhone or iPad right into the store’s sound system and select a channel. The Channel Maker App is free from the App Store. New subscribers get 30 days to try the service and a 20 percent discount on the $24.99 a month subscription fee. If they like it, the cost is just $19.99 a month starting with the second month. As a comparison, direct licenses with the Performance Rights Societies can be as much as five times more using a consumer streaming music service.