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Fair Play Fair Pay

Today’s radio market isn’t working for musicians, but we can change that by joining together and demanding Congress pass the Fair Play Fair Pay Act. This bill would level the playing field by requiring all radio services to pay fair market value for the music they use.

The Fair Play Fair Pay Act would close the loophole allowing AM/FM stations to have a free ride by playing music without paying musicians, singers and featured artists on terrestrial radio. Currently, songwriters are paid royalties when their music is played on AM/FM radio, while performers are not. Other platforms, such as Internet, cable and satellite radio, pay performers, but AM/FM radio currently gets special treatment. This legislation would help guarantee musicians receive fair pay when their work is played—regardless of the technology used.

Click HERE to tell your member of Congress to support the Fair Play Fair Pay Act so musicians will get paid fairly.

The bill would also require that all radio services pay when they use recordings made prior to 1972. Right now there is no federal copyright protection for sound recordings before February 15, 1972. Even though there are stations earning millions dedicated exclusively to playing older music—musicians, featured artists, and creators are being shortchanged well over $60 million a year for digital airplay alone.

Click HERE to tell your member of Congress to support the Fair Play Fair Pay Act so musicians will get paid fairly.

The United States is one of only a handful of countries including China, Iran, and North Korea that don’t pay performers when their music is played over AM/FM radio. Unfortunately, because the United States refuses to reciprocate, musicians in the United States are denied performance royalties for their international airplay. This loss is estimated to cost the United States economy $100 million or more a year.

Click HERE to tell your member of Congress to support the Fair Play Fair Pay Act so musicians will get paid fairly.