Mute Records was founded by Daniel Miller in 1978 when he began recording music using synthesizers under the name The Normal. He first recorded “TVOD” and “Warm Leatherette”, which was packaged as a single and distributed by little a record shop turned fledgling distributor called Rough Trade (they’re not so little anymore).
The following information details everything a restaurant will need to know about playing music in their location and was first published on the National Restaurant Association’s official website;
“Music is one of the most important elements in establishing the mood in your restaurant, but under law, you must make sure you have the necessary licensing to comply with copyright statutes before playing it. Performing rights organizations (“PROs”), such as BMI, ASCAP and SESAC, act as intermediaries between restaurants and songwriters to protect intellectual property and make licensing more cost-effective and convenient. Restaurants pay a fee to the PROs for a blanket license that grants permission to use all of the music each organization represents, and they, in turn, distribute the fees, less operating expenses, to their affiliated songwriters, publishers and composers as royalties.