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89 Artists Add Names Urging Congress to Pass CLASSICS Act

An unprecedented coalition of musicians, supported by eight leading music organizations, continues to grow, with 89 additional musicians joining the call on Congress to pass the CLASSICS Act. This bipartisan legislation has been introduced in both chambers of Congress and will address one of copyright law’s most glaring loopholes. The number of artists supporting CLASSICS now totals 302.

Digital radio makes billions of dollars a year from airplay of music made before February 15, 1972. However, because of a glaring inequity in copyright standards, artists who recorded their work before February 15, 1972 are not required by federal law to be paid when their work is played on SiriusXM and digital streaming services. The CLASSICS Act would correct this injustice and ensure that music creators who made those timeless recordings finally get their due.

The growing coalition of artists urging passage of the CLASSICS Act is supported by music community leaders including A2IM, American Federation of Musicians, Content Creators Coalition, the Recording Academy, Recording Industry Association of America, SAG-AFTRA and SoundExchange.

The artists recently joining the coalition to pass the CLASSICS Act includes:

Albert Hammond
Allen Toussaint (Estate)
Allman Brothers Band
Aloe Blacc
Anthony Hamilton
Betty Everett (Estate)
Big & Rich
Big Joe Turner (Estate)
Bill Gaither
Billy Preston (PMGI Billy Preston’s Legacy)
Billy Talent
Blackwood Brothers Quartet
Blake Morgan
Bruce Springsteen
Camper Van Beethoven
Candi Staton
Cathedral Quartet
Chuck Berry (Estate)
Clara Ward (Estate)
Claudette Robinson/The Miracles
Curtis Stigers
Cyrille Aimee
Danny Hutton
David Barbe
David Lowery
David Poe
David Sanborn
Dickey Betts
Dinah Washington
Dorothy Norwood
Don Brewer
Duane Betts
Elf Power
Ella Fitzgerald (Estate)
Engelbert Humperdinck
Frank Zappa (Estate)
Glen Campbell (Estate)
J.D. Sumner (Estate)
Jackie “Moms” Mabley (Estate)
Jesse Colin Young (of the Youngbloods)
Joe Williams (Estate)
John Lennon (Estate)
Johnny Rivers
Jon “Bowzer” Bauman
Jonatha Brooke
Judy Collins
Justin Hayward (The Moody Blues)
Lionel Richie
Louis Jordan (Estate)
Mac Davis
Martha Reeves
Maurice White (Estate)
Mel Schacher
Mike Curb Congregation
Michael McDonald
Oak Ridge Boys
Pat Boone
Patty Smyth
Paul McCartney
Petula Clark
Portugal. The Man.
Randy Crawford
Ricky Nelson (The Ricky Nelson Company)
Ringo Starr
Rob Thomas
Ryan Cabrera
Sam Moore
Simon Kirke (Bad Company)
Sister Rosetta Tharpe (Estate)
Smokey Robinson
Tennessee Ernie Ford (Estate)
The Beatles
The Empty Pockets
The Nelons
Tracy Bonham
Trombone Shorty