The musicFIRST Coalition, the music community organization advocating for fair compensation for recording artists and copyright holders when their music is played on AM and FM radio, this week will send corporate radio’s leadership team at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) four songs that are clearly missing from their playlists. The songs are:
“Take The Money And Run” by the Steve Miller Band “Pay Me My Money Down” by Bruce Springsteen”Back in the U.S.S.R.” by Paul McCartney”A Change Would Do You Good” by Sheryl Crow
The musicFIRST Coalition will gift one song a day using iTunes to NAB’s President and CEO David Rehr, and Executive Vice President of Radio John David.
“Mr. Rehr and Mr. David believe that the only acceptable compensation for the artists and musicians whose songs are played on the radio every day is zero ““ that the performers who bring the songs to life don’t deserve to be paid for the use of their work,” said Tod Donhauser, spokesperson for the musicFIRST Coalition. “We want these songs to remind them of this inequity. No one is listening to radio for the commercials.”
On Tuesday, Steve Miller’s “Take the Money and Run” will remind corporate radio that, in the spirit of Billy Joe and Bobbie Sue, it is running off with property without fairly compensating the artists and musicians who bring music to life and listeners’ ears to the radio.