Social dance clubs all across America have literally tens of thousands of members who frequent bars and lounges. Most every dance club has that special night out at a lounge or bar. In most cases the lounge or bar provides the dance music, either a juke box, a live band or a Deejay. The bar or lounge usually pays for those providing the music. The lounge or bar pays for these expenses almost solely from the sale of drinks and beverages, Unfortunately, many dancers will only drink water or will nurse a beer or highball for the entire evening.
We’ve all heard the expression that “Drinkers don’t dance and dancers don’t drink”. Many bars and lounges have been lost to the dance community for this reason alone. As ASCAP and BMI continue their contacts with bars and lounges, many owners will have no recourse but to start charging a cover, raise the drink prices, start charging for bottled water, require that the dance clubs provide and pay for their own deejays, etc. Many owners may even begin requiring that the dance clubs pay their share of licensing for the night (s) that they dance at the facility. After all, if the dance club was not at the bar or lounge on their special night, then the bar would probably not be presenting copyrighted music but instead may choose to be closed on that night. In order to remain open and continue to provide a dance venue, the owners may have to resort to “if you want to play, you’ve got to pay”. In 1998, the dance community in Jacksonville, FL remedied the problem of losing bars and lounges and securing music copyright licenses by banding together to open their very own dance establishment, Club Savoy. When, where and how this was accomplished is for another post.