MusicDish e-Journal - November 19, 2018
MusicDish Advertising Network
» HOME » INSIDER SCOOP » CAREER TIPS » MUSIC SPOTLIGHT » MUSICDISH*CHINA
» INDUSTRY INTERVIEWS » NEWS BEAT » DIGITAL SKOOL » OPEN REVIEW » MUSICDISH EDELWEISS
Search MusicDish e-Journal (Advanced)
Subscribe To MusicDish e-Journal
About | Contact | Advertise | RSS | Submit Article | Submit News | Artist Development | Premium PR Distribution
Mi2N | MusicDish*China | MusicDish Network | MusicDishTV | Urban Music News Network

Performers Want More Than Air Time
By Mi2N
(more articles from this author)
2007-05-13
Comment | Email | Print | RSS

A broad coalition of music industry lobbyists is quietly laying the groundwork for what is shaping up as a major campaign to change copyright law, giving musicians and record labels a windfall at the expense of broadcast radio stations.

Because the effort is still in its planning phase, lobbyists for musicians and the recording industry would speak only on the condition of anonymity. According to numerous sources, several groups plan to pool their resources to push Congress to undo an exemption that allows broadcast radio stations to air songs without paying royalties to the performers. Currently, only the songwriters receive royalties, not the performers or the record labels.

The Recording Industry Association of America, which represents the major record labels and is headed by Mitch Bainwol, is joining forces with groups such as the American Federation of Musicians, the Recording Artists' Coalition, the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists and the Recording Academy, which sponsors the Grammys. Sources said the coalition has been interviewing additional outside lobbyists to work the issue, and already lobbyists have taken their message to the House and Senate Judiciary committees.

Lobbyists in the broadcast industry say they, too, are preparing for a fight, one that sources said would dwarf the National Association of Broadcasters' current attack on the proposed merger between XM and Sirius satellite radio companies. "What's being proposed is something the broadcast industry would fight with everything it has," said one broadcast source.

Dennis Wharton, a spokesman for the NAB, said his group, which is run by David Rehr, is on alert that the RIAA and its coalition allies plan to make a big push on the Hill this year on what he calls a performance tax.

"We will fight that very aggressively," he said. "Broadcasters generate enormous sums of money for record labels by the airplay of their music. Airplay of music works for the benefit of the record labels and their CEOs who live in Hollywood Hills, so obviously NAB will fight this performance tax with a lot of energy."

The RIAA declined comment, and representatives from several artists' groups either declined comment or did not return calls seeking comment.

"Under the tutelage of David Rehr, the broadcasters will be very well prepared in a battle with RIAA and the musicians' associations," said NAB outside lobbyist Dan Mattoon.

Lobbyists on the music industry's side said that even though this issue has long been a priority, the XM-Sirius merger has put a spotlight on competition in the radio industry and given them extra allies in the satellite sector on this issue. Under current law, satellite and Internet radio outlets do pay record labels and artists' performance royalties.

"The other industries who offer radio services are now mature and are able to make the points that only we alone have been able to make up until now," said a music industry source. "And there are other issues on the Hill that have made this relevant," such as the proposed merger.

Since satellite and Internet radio companies pay the fee, music industry sources said that satellite and Internet have been raising an "unfair competition" issue, especially since a proposed merger was announced between XM and Sirius satellite radio companies.

"We're all in the groundwork stages, but this is going to become a massive fight," said a music industry source. "And NAB knows they can't defeat it on the merits."

It could easily evolve into a celebrity-backed campaign with top musicians adding some dazzle to their side of the debate.

"One of the dangers is," said a music industry source, "when we did this in 1995, a couple of country artists came in and really added celebrity power and then they got retaliation letters from the broadcasters. But I think the answer is yes, you're going to see a lot of celebrities who stand up for this."

Wharton said that the recording industry is pushing this measure now "because some of their record sales are down and they're trying to compensate for that by taxing broadcasters."

But several music industry sources said that the only reason the broadcasters have the exemption is because of their industry's powerful lobby.

"Congress has a duty to ensure that all of the rules across the board governing the radio market have to be the same," said a music industry lobbyist. "NAB has never been able to justify why they don't have to pay. It flies in the face of logic, so they're looking at other people to blame."

Added a lobbyist who represents artists: "It's basically like a government subsidy to the broadcasters."

But radio lobbyists say the change would be a huge blow to their industry because it would double their expenses every time they play a song over the airwaves. "Some radio stations may have those margins, but there are hundreds if not thousands that just don't," said a broadcast source.

Related News from Mi2N:
» Performers Want More Than Air Time


Home » News Beat » Performers Want More Than Air Time
Permalink:http://www.musicdish.com/mag/?id=11841
Email |Print |Comment |RSS

back | top


MusicDish Advertising Network

News Beat

» indieOn Connects Music to the Blockchain

» 13 Music Label Sold to MTN

» Darcus Beese Named President Of Island Records

» ASCAP Revenues Top $1.144 Billion In 2017

» BMG Appoints New Creative Directors In Nashville

News Beat Directory



» [2018-09-16] Live Nation Electronic Asia Inks Deal With Budweiser For Creamfields Festivals; Together, Creamfields And Budweiser Will Focus On Building Entirely New Content For Dedicated Electronic Music Fans Throughout Asia

» [2018-08-23] Andy Ma Appointed Warner Music China CEO; Andy Ma Has Also Been Appointed EVP, Commercial And Business Development For Greater China

» [2018-08-23] IndieOn Connects Music To The Blockchain; IndieOn Is Confident Of Creating A "music Miner" Who Listens More And Grow Their Token Value

» [2018-06-23] The 2018 MIDEM Silk Road International Music Alliance Signing; International Music Industries Signing Of A Mutual Resource Sharing Agreement With Shanghai Conservatory Of Music & The China Records Group

» [2018-06-06] Screen Music Connect To Explore The Music Of Film, Television And Interactive Media; Created By James Hannigan, Award-winning Composer And Game Music Connect Co-founder, Screen Music Connect Builds On The Success Of The Sold-out Game Music Conferences

» [2018-06-05] Fred Casimir To Develop BMG's Global Recordings Business; As Well As Building BMG's European Infrastructure, Casimir Was Instrumental In Developing BMG's Recordings Business

» [2018-06-03] 13 Music Label Sold To MTN; DSN Music Spins Off Record Label To Albuquerque Music Entrepreneur's New Group

» [2018-06-02] CISAC 2018 Annual Report; A Comprehensive Overview Of The Confederation's Work To Serve 4 Million Creators And 239 Authors Societies Across The World

» [2018-06-02] MusicDish Announces A Love Electric 2018 China Tour; The Tour Will Crisscross Through China With 12 Shows In 8 Cities, Including Guangzhou, Dongguan, Zhuhai, Shenzhen, Kunming, Jiaxin, Wuhan And Beijing

» [2018-06-02] Darcus Beese Named President Of Island Records; Renowned U.K. Music Executive To Join Universal Music Group's U.S. Label Leadership

» [2018-05-17] Avant-Garde Label Maybe Noise Launches In Beijing; The Official Launch Will Be On May 26 At Magnet Theater With A Performance Supporting Its First Vinyl Release: Png Z

» [2018-05-04] Award-Winning Lithuanian Rock Band Colours Of Bubbles "She Is The Darkness" 2018 China Tour; The Tour Will Kickoff In Shanghai Where The Band Will Represent Lithuania During The Country's Signing To The Silk Road Music Alliance
MusicDish Advertising Network

follow MusicDish on
Follow MusicDish on Twitter

Mi2N Music PR

New EP Release From Jazzy Sky - 'Breakfast'

Esoteric Recordings To Release BE-BOP DELUXE "SUNBURST FINISH" 3CD/1DVD Limited Edition Deluxe Boxed Set - November 23, 2018

Cinq Music Partners With Rock Group TRAPT, Drops New Single

Worship Artist XAVIER JOLLIFF Inks Management Deal With The Management Agency (TMA)

The International Radio Festival Announce Final Line Up Of Radio Stations

Critically-Acclaimed Instrumental Rock Guitarist Mike Dekleva Releases His Second Four Song Instrumental Rock Music EP, "Psychedelia," On Friday, November 9, 2018

Smooth Gospel Artist LARRY CRAIG Drops Single To Radio



Websites: Mi2N | MusicDish*China | MusicDish Network | MusicDishTV | Urban Music News Network
Services: Submit Article | Submit News | Submit Video | Artist Development | Premium PR Distribution

Copyright © 1997-2018 MusicDish LLC., all rights reserved.
About MusicDish e-Journal | Contact Us | Advertise | RSS | Internships