Magazine article International Musician

Proposed Bill Will Provide Musicians Fair Pay for Air Play

Magazine article International Musician

Proposed Bill Will Provide Musicians Fair Pay for Air Play

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On April 13, AFM President Ray Hair gathered with other music industry leaders to show support for the Fair Play Fair Pay Act of 2015, introduced by representatives Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN). This monumental legislation would finally ensure that musicians are compensated fairly when their music is played on any radio platform-Internet, satellite, or traditional AM/FM. Also present at the launch were AFM International Executive Board member (IEB) and Local 257 President (Nashville, TN) David Pomeroy; IEB and Local 802 (New York City) President Tino Gagliardi; as well as representatives from the musicFIRST Coalition; record labels; and the music community.

Under the current legislation, a loophole allows AM/FM radio to play music without compensating musicians, singers, and featured artists. Internet radio and satellite radio both compensate performers, but satellite pays a lower rate. Due to another loophole, some digital services are also claiming they don't have to pay for pre-1972 recordings. The Fair Play Fair Pay Act would level the playing field.

"Professional musicians should be adequately compensated for the joy we bring to the world," says Hair. "The US is the only Western nation denying terrestrial radio performance rights to musicians, who are struggling in today's economy. …

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