The following installment of the ARVC Agenda was provided by the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) and appears in the November issue of Woodall’s Campground Management.

This fall ARVC was able to secure an exclusive combined deal with the music licensing corporations BMI and ASCAP. RV park and campground owners won’t be able to find a better offer through any other industry organization because of the exclusive agreement.

The combined music licensing deal covers 95% of recorded music. SESAC, the remaining 5%, also offers a steep discount for ARVC members but is not a part of the combined music licensing deal. Rather, SESAC offers a monthly discount.

“The only way private park operators can obtain these discounts is to be a member of ARVC,” said Paul Bambei, ARVC’s president and CEO, adding he anticipates a significant increase in ARVC membership as a result of the music licensing agreements.

“Private park operators are always looking for ways to lower their operating costs and these agreements underscore once again how ARVC membership saves park operators money. If you’re not an ARVC member, you’re simply leaving lots of money on the table,” Bambei said.

“We also see this as a win for private parks because park operators who participate in ARVC’s new music licensing program now have an effective way to stop unwanted phone calls from music licensing companies,” Bambei said. The agreements specifically forbid these music license companies from contacting any park that signs up to the new program with ARVC. The license will cover the entire calendar year from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, and any park that signs up within the current enrollment period will be “BMI-ASCAP license-protected” for the full, upcoming 2013 year.

Bambei said the music enrollment period begins immediately and that parks will have until Nov. 30, 2012, to sign up for the program that will cover the upcoming calendar year of 2013. Additionally, because BMI has already accepted fees (in some cases) in 2012 on their own that covered a portion of 2013, contractual arrangements have been made to refund any park owner for these applicable 2013 BMI license fees.

ARVC has made enrollment easy: simply call the ARVC office at (303) 681-0401. Parks that are not currently members of ARVC will need to join the association in order to participate in the program.

“By taking advantage of this combined license, you can now play virtually all the music you want from any artist BMI and ASCAP represents, all year long, worry free, including most live performances,” Bambei said. “There is simply no better licensing plan available in the industry.”

Under federal copyright law, businesses utilizing music in public areas are required to purchase music licenses regardless of whether the music is performed live or made available through Muzak, satellite radio and TV, cable, DJs, live performers, karaoke, CDs, DVDs or even used as music on-hold.

Parks that play copyrighted music without a license could be liable for damages up to $30,000. In addition, if a jury finds that the infringement was “willful,” the damages assessed could run as high as $150,000 per song plus legal costs.

Moen Added as Newest Member Benefit Provider

In October, ARVC announced its new partnership with Moen Inc. ARVC members can expect substantial discounts that can’t be found anywhere else.

Moen’s commercial faucets, flush valves and shower units are built for the most demanding environments. They are durable products that are vandal-resistant as well as energy-efficient and can help lower your cost of ownership and maintenance. All Moen Commercial products are backed by an industry leading 5-year warranty.

Moen has a single source distribution partner to give you full access to order all the Moen commercial products to meet all of your needs. Moen has also identified a selection of recommended products that are geared for campground applications, to withstand the demands of heavy use in high traffic areas. These recommended products will be guaranteed in-stock through their distribution partner, for easy access and quick shipping. As an ARVC member, you will have direct access to an 800 number and dedicated website to order product. Product information, ordering instructions and pricing details will be e-mailed out to all ARVC members in the next few weeks.

Please make sure to visit John Thornton and Dan Meredith from Moen at the 2012 Outdoor Hospitality Expo at booth 622 and attend their Seminar “Bathrooms for Sustainability.”

Preview of 2012 ARVC Conference

Join ARVC for a winning combination of great people, innovative ideas and the best products and services our industry has to offer at the premier event for the RV park and campground industry – the 2012 ARVC Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo (OHCE) Nov. 28 to Dec. 1 in Las Vegas.

OHCE offers you a choice of over 40 educational seminars, all of which are Outdoor Hospitality Education Program-approved, and presented by nationally recognized speakers and leaders in the industry. You’ll also have opportunities to participate in cracker barrel discussions, network with your peers and attend enjoyable social events. The Expo will also provide you with the convenience of “one-stop-shopping” with more than 100 exhibitors demonstrating the latest products and services that can assist you in your park operations.

To view a complete schedule of the Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo go to www.arvcOHCE.com. If you missed the full registration deadline of Oct. 15, you can still register – even during the week of the OHCE. You can download the registration form on the website as well.