What about markets?
HELP Venue Licenses are issued on a market-by-market basis. Different areas of the country operate under different economic conditions.
What might seem cheap in New York or L.A. might be
unreasonably high for Tahlequah, Oklahoma or Montgomery, Alabama. So we charge different prices in different markets. Our goal is to
charge a reasonable price for the use of our main brand, based on what licensees in a given market are able to pay.
Where do I get the tracks?
HELP is designed to cover the use of our intellectual property (and that of our participating publishers) in connection with karaoke shows
at your venue, for Sound Choice-branded tracks you or your operator already possess. We don't supply you with the tracks, and we can't tell you where to
get them. In our experience, finding the tracks isn't a problem for most people—ask around. You should be aware, of course, that
a HELP Venue License covers mobile operators when they play at your venue.
HELP licensees are part of our
(and if you get licensed, you can be, too)
A HELP License is a good investment for your business.
When you consider what it costs to build a collection of legitimate original Sound Choice discs, the option to copy tracks from other sources,
many of which are essentially free, can seem like a huge savings. Unfortunately, when you or your operator aren't paying for the tracks in use, that means
that we're not being paid, the music publishers who own the composition rights aren't getting paid, and nobody who's responsible for the creation
of this music is seeing the benefits of doing so. Plus, the operators who paid for their music have to compete against people who didn't.
We designed HELP to remedy that situation. With HELP, you (and your operator, when on your premises) can use any of the more than 16,500 "red logo"
Sound Choice tracks, regardless of where
you got them, and rest assured that the creators of that music get compensated. HELP also helps to level the playing field for the operators
who did business with us originally and the venues that hire them.
With your approved HELP License application, you get a license that allows you to use, at your venue location, the Sound Choice marks on tracks
stored on non-original media, no matter how many of the more than 16,500 unique "red logo" Sound Choice tracks you have, no matter where you got them.
IMPORTANT: HELP licenses do not apply to GEM series ("blue logo") tracks or tracks from newer series,
which must be purchased separately.
As a HELP program participant, you use the tracks you want to use, where you want to use them, in the format and on the media you choose.
Plus, HELP licensees get early or exclusive access to license the new Sound Choice tracks that are coming soon. (Additional charges apply.) HELP
Licensees also get a detailed listing in our searchable Licensee Directory
, so that potential patrons
who are looking for a licensed show can find you and verify your license status.