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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Radio's Battle With Congress Starts Monday


Over the past few months the NAB has been slowly but consistently adding names of Congressmen who support what broadcasters call "The Local Radio Freedom Act." The bill states Congress should not impose a performance tax on radio for playing music over-the-air. On Monday, a battling bill will be in the spotlight and this bill calls for radio to pay to play. Four Congressmen will be introducing what they call music licensing reform legislation at the SAG-AFTRA office in New York City. It's the latest attempt by some lawmakers to mandate that radio pay artists to play their music. They are calling the bill The "Fair Play Fair Pay Act of 2015." American Association of Independent Music President Rich Bengloff told the Tennessean, "The long-standing issue is we should be paid since no one listens to radio for the commercials. If music is the reason why someone is listening to something, then how come Lee Ann Rimes doesn't get paid when she performs music on the radio, or the Lumineers aren't paid when their music is played on the radio?"

On Monday at 11 a.m., there will be a launch party held at SAG-AFTRA's New York City headquarters. Scheduled to attend the event are three of the bill's sponsors -- Representatives Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and John Conyers (D-MI) -- as well as artists and musicians, plus representatives from musicFIRST Coalition and partner organizations.

(4/10/2015 5:06:26 PM)
If we have to pay additional fees then we should be able to charge in return. Getting pay for play makes sense for broadcasters if we have to pay for play to the labels and artists (primarily the labels). In this case, turnabout would be fair play.
(4/10/2015 9:47:22 AM)
Hasn't Cumulus Media been doing this for a while? How do they get all those acts for their corporate Xmas parties, and Jon Dickey's birthday parties? Additionally, their new "American Idol" spotlight is a 'pay-for-play' model. All this, and Cumulus stock continues to tumble...sniffing $2.00...

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