I've found several threads about how ASCAP works (and BMI) and discussing the various issues therewith, but I am still trying to find a list of ASCAP-covered performers, songwriters, etc.
This has to do with some local bars where I and others may be performing covers of various songs. We've been told "No ASCAP" - because some of these venues are too small and/or new to be able to afford the annual ASCAP fee (which seldom trickles down to any of the lesser-known ASCAP musicians) I'd like to be able to find out what songs/artists/composers are not members of ASCAP so I and others can know if it's OK to perform covers of various songs.
We are not trying to deny songwriters any royalties due them for singing their songs (though we may or may not be paid anything for doing so), but we'd like to know what is "allowable" and what is not, and if anyone is going to be paid royalties for our singing a song, it should be the songwriter (or arranger), not some big conglomerate that will not compensate that person. Mainly, we are seeking to set up an open mic and/or jam session without the bar owner being slapped with a fine for unauthorized use of ASCAP protected music.
Anyone know where I can find a comprehensive list of ASCAP musicians/songwriters?
I've tried googling, but I get all sorts of tangentially related websites instead of what I need.
It would also be good to find a list of BMI songwriters too.