Playing Music and Showing Movies at Your Club? Understanding Public Performance Licensing Requirements

Recorded On: 06/13/2019

Learn the legal implications of clubs playing music and showing movies.  This webinar will include an outline of copyright law addressing the public performance of music and movies, common misnomers in this field, and some practical information on if/when licensing is necessary, as well as how to obtain the proper licensing for various uses of music and movies.


Joe Trauger

Vice President, Government Relations, National Club Association

In April of 2019 Joe Trauger joined NCA as Vice President of Government Relations. Joe lead’s NCA’s lobbying activities and ClubPAC, NCA’s political action committee.

 As an experienced government relations professional with many legislative and regulatory successes on Capitol Hill, Joe brings extensive experience and respect as an association lobbyist with tremendous knowledge of the issues. Joe also has excellent perspective into the private club industry as he is entering his second year as president of Mount Vernon Country Club in Alexandria, Va., an NCA member club.”

 He previously was principal and founder of Northfield Strategies, an advocacy consulting firm. Prior to Northfield, Trauger was senior vice president of policy and government relations at the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute and vice president of government relations at the National Association of Manufacturers. His Capitol Hill experience includes positions as senior policy advisor for then House Majority Whip Roy Blunt; policy advisor for then House Majority Leader Dick Armey; senior legislative assistant for former Congressman Sam Johnson; and legislative assistant for former Senator Rod Grams.

 Joe is a competitive golfer, frequently playing in charity and purse tournaments and modestly boasts a single-digit handicap. He is married with two lovely daughters. 

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Playing Music and Showing Movies at Your Club? Understanding Public Performance Licensing Requirements
Recorded 06/13/2019
Recorded 06/13/2019 Learn the legal implications of clubs playing music and showing movies. This webinar will include an outline of copyright law addressing the public performance of music and movies, common misnomers in this field, and some practical information on if/when licensing is necessary, as well as how to obtain the proper licensing for various uses of music and movies. As both an attorney and a professional musician, Peter H. Ajemian, Shareholder at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP, provides a unique perspective combining real-world experiences in the music industry with a decade of experience in intellectual property law. Peter is a published songwriter and guitarist with more than 40 songs placed in popular network and cable television shows, nationally-released movies, and commercials. Peter focuses on trademark, copyright and entertainment law and is a trusted advisor to his clients in the music and entertainment industries. Peter’s practice also concentrates on protecting and enforcing intellectual property rights. He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in trademark, copyright and domain name disputes in Federal Courts, as well as in trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). Prior to joining Brownstein, Peter was a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig in its intellectual property and technology department. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Nevada School of the Arts. Peter is a graduate of the University of Nevada Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law and earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of New York at Buffalo.