Apr 27, 2014
Bill Calls for Broadcasters to Pay Performers for the Music They Use
Just ten days after the historic introduction of the Fair Play Fair Pay Act, Representatives Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA) introduced the Protecting the Rights of Musicians Act (PRMA). Much like Fair Play Fair Pay Act, the Protecting the Rights of Musicians Act would help bring fairness to artists and musicians whose music has provided the means for radio broadcasters to build a $17.5 billion industry. The PRMA would require that any broadcaster that owns both radio and TV stations must pay royalties for use of the recordings on their radio platform if they likewise expect to receive payment from a third party for use of their TV content.
SoundExchange issued the following statement from Michael Huppe, president and chief executive officer:
“We are encouraged by the continued drumbeat in Congress from Members who understand that the artists who make the music we love should not be forced to subsidize the broadcasters who use their work to earn billions of dollars every year.
“The Protection of Rights of Musicians Act pulls back the curtain on the Broadcaster’s duplicitous actions. On one hand big broadcasters are demanding payment for their own TV content, but when it comes to radio, they refuse to pay creators for the music they use.
“Every music creator and music lover alike should thank Representatives Blackburn and Eshoo for holding the broadcasters to their own standard and protecting the rights of artists. We also thank Representative Nadler who introduced Fair Play Fair Pay Act last week for standing firmly on the side of fairness.”