thanks for the tip on fixing their links, Joe. I looked at the source code and saw that they, indeed, did not have www. as part of the reference. By adding www i can access them all. Don't know why the email address didn't work though.
The Harvey Reid article mentioned by rob. d talks a little bit about how only the top of the charts people get paid.
I am very bothered by the small venues that are being shut down for lack of ability to pay the high fees being required (demanded) by ASCAP. And If ASCAP is now charging venues for having done a traditional tune that ASCAP holds a license for an arrangement of, then we are all going to be creating problems for non ASCAP stages. just take a look at how many versions of Will the Circle be Unbroken are listed as ASCAP (and none of them the composer's)
It does feel like there is nothing that we the performers can do to correct the bad situation created by the financial power of ASCAP and BMI. And that is what feels the worst.
Protecting the rights of creative people? I don't think so. Rather they are protecting the financial interest of the corp offices. And definitely scaring some of us creative little folk.