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Show Clearance Procedures,
ASCAP Procedures,
BMI/SESAC Licensing Procedures

Neil Keihm, Assistant Secretary Clearances

Show Clearances are still obtained from the District and are handled by:
Neil Keihm
104 Sycamore Drive
West Grove, PA 19390-9468

Please read all of the following instructions carefully.

ASCAP Fee Amount and Payment Have Been Changed for 2017.
See below in the ASCAP Section.


  • An Application for a Show Clearance & BMI/SESAC License (NOT ASCAP) is REQUIRED for each Chapter performance for which an admission fee is charged.
  • Download the BMI Show Clearance & SESAC license form, fill out all of the blue highlighted areas by typing directly into those highlighted areas, print out 5 copies, sign all copies and send all 5 copies to Neil Keihm at the address shown above.
  • The BMI/SESAC fees are determined from the Rate Chart at the bottom of the form. The BMI/SESAC fee is PER PERFORMANCE. For most Chapters this will be $28.00 per performance.
  • Make out a check to SPEBSQSA,Inc. for the proper amount and include your Chapter Number on the check and mail it with the BMI forms to Neil Keihm.
  • Once the District Assistant Secretary-Clearances receives the completed and signed BMI/SESAC forms and the required check, he will make sure that the requested show date(s) does not conflict with any District or Society event. If there are no conflicts, the Asst. Sect. will sign it, return one copy to the Chapter, one copy retained for District records and the remaining three copies will be forwarded with the check to Society Headquarters.
  • You should submit the Show Clearance Forms, PRIOR to conducting your show. It is requested and recommended that the submission of the BMI/SESAC forms and payment be completed at least two months prior to your anticipated show date.


  • Beginning January 1, 2017, the annual minimum ASCAP fee for the year will be $245.00.
  • Every Chapter is required to submit an ASCAP Form whether or not you have produced a show.


  • The ASCAP FEE will now be paid AFTER your show(s) has(have) been performed. The fee is based on your gross ticket sales.
  • This form is to be completed to comply with an agreement between the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS) and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). Gross ticket revenue (tickets only, not advertising revenue) is needed to determine the payment amount. Should you have additional shows during the year, you still file the ASCAP form at the end of the year paying particular attention to the amount of income your Chapter has made during ALL shows.
  • All U.S. Chapters must complete an annual ASCAP Reporting Form and submit that information (with corresponding payment, if applicable) at the end of each year. If you have not submitted your 2016 ASCAP Form and applicable payment, please be sure to do so as soon as possible.
  • NEW: Effective January 1, 2017, chapters will no longer send their ASCAP Reporting Forms to their District Secretary for processing. Instead, all ASCAP Forms and applicable payments should be sent directly to the Barbershop Harmony Society to the following address:
    Barbershop Harmony Society
    c/o ASCAP Reporting Forms
    110 7th Avenue N
    Nashville, TN 37073
    Or by email to chapters@barbershop.org

    Please email only if no payment is applicable. Any Required Payment should be mailed with the form.
  • The ASCAP Reporting Form can be downloaded from the Society website. Go to the BHS website and find Documents / Chapter Business Documents / ASCAP Reporting Form.
  • If your Chapter does not anticipate grossing more than $30,125.00 in ticket sales for all shows during the year of 2017, please fill out SECTION C and mail it with a check made out to BHS for the minimum annual amount -- $245.00.
  • If your Chapter grosses more than $30,125.00 in ticket sales for all shows during 2017, fill out SECTION C in the quarter that each show was performed (using the formula shown) and submit with the total amount owed for each quarter in which your shows were held.
  • When you have completed the new ASCAP form, make out a check to BHS, include your Chapter number on the check, and mail to ASCAP Reporting Forms address shown above.
  • It is a good idea for your Chapter Secretary to keep one copy of this form for your Chapter records.

If you have any questions concerning show conflicts and the District or Society events, see the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Master Planning Calendar.
Questions may be directed to
Neil Keihm

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