Will There Be Music At The Market In Carthage?Posted: Updated:
While the tables under the farmers market pavilion in Carthage are empty now, soon, they'll hopefully be filled.
Aside from produce and crafts, one thing that draws people into the market is live music. That's in jeopardy over copyright licensing.
"Our expenses now have doubled. We pay the performers a small amount. We also have to pay for that license for them to perform, so that way we are covered from liability," said Jeanette Turner, director, Carthage Area Chamber of Commerce:
The chamber puts on the market every Friday during the months of May through October.
Turner says her organization is now responsible for a $50 fee for each performance at the market.
That fee is required by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers - a license to protect the rights of songwriters.
For more than 20 performances throughout the season, that's too much for the chamber to afford.
So, they're reaching out for help.
"We've been trying to reach out to local businesses to see if they would be willing to support the music in exchange for advertising of their business on our banner at the market for the whole season," said Kristy O'Shaughnessy, village of Carthage clerk.
Already, the donations are coming in. Not just from businesses, but residents as well. The chamber is hoping to reach a $1,000 goal to purchase the license.
"I'm not quite sure what it will to do to the numbers for attendance if we do lose it. I really don't want to find that out," said Turner.
To keep the live music at the market starting Friday, May 31, donations can be made directly to the Carthage Chamber of Commerce by calling 315-493-3590.