COLA Given to non-NPR Compulsory License Royalty Rate


SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIF. — Tune to 91.3 MHz in this bucolic college town halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, and you’ll find a student-run radio station focused on trend-setting electronic-fueled eclectic Alternative tunes.

The operation is not affiliated with NPR, and it bears the motto “Where Different Matters.”

Indeed, that’s the case with the Copyright Royalty Board. It has just approved a cost of living adjustment to the royalty rate that noncommercial radio stations at certain colleges, universities, and other educational institutions that are not NPR member stations, such as California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo’s Class A KCPR-FM.

Here’s what this station, along with many others, must pay for the use in 2021 of published nondramatic musical compositions in the SESAC repertory.

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