Major step in securing a fair performance right on radio for U.S. artists and musicians
The musicFIRST Coalition issued the following statement today after the House Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property passed H.R. 4789, the Performance Rights Act. The statement may be attributed to Doyle Bartlett, executive director, musicFIRST Coalition. “Subcommittee passage of H.R. 4789 is a major victory for America’s artists and musicians and a major triumph for fundamental fairness. “We applaud Representatives Berman and Issa and the members of the subcommittee for their hard work on this bill. With their leadership and support we have made significant progress toward creating a fair performance right on radio. But we still have a long way to go.
“A loophole in the law lets AM and FM music radio stations earn $16 billion a year is advertising revenue without compensating the artists and musicians who bring music to life and listeners’ ears to the radio dial. It’s not right, it’s not fair and we are going to make sure it is changed. “All other music platforms ““ satellite radio, Internet webcasts, and cable television music stations ““ pay artists and musicians to use their music. It’s only fair that terrestrial radio be held to the same stand ards. “H.R. 4789 includes important accommodations for small, public and religious radio stations. We are committed to working with the members of the subcommittee, our supporters in the House and Senate and broadcasters to address all reasonable concerns.
“Today’s vote moves us one step closer to ensuring that all performers ““ from aspiring and local artists, to background singers and well-known stars ““ receive fair payment when their work is played on AM and FM radio. The subcommittee’s action today is a harbinger of things to come.”