Large broadcasters are using their influence in Washington D.C. to preserve the subsidy that ensures they don’t have to play by the same rules as other music platforms—and pay musicians fairly for their hard work. Big Radio is lobbying to recruit supporters for their favorite resolution: The Local Radio Freedom Act (LRFA).
There’s nothing “local” about LRFA or radio itself. Consolidation within the radio industry over the last decade has resulted in ten radio corporations owning hundreds of stations across the country. These ten broadcast behemoths are responsible for about half of the revenue generated by the nearly $15 billion radio industry.
Through LRFA, the radio industry is renewing their effort in Congress to maintain a carve-out which gives them a huge competitive advantage over innovative services like SiriusXM, Spotify, Pandora, and Apple Music—it allows them not to compensate musicians for their work, while other services do.
The U.S. shouldn’t be in the business of protecting Big Radio at the expense of musicians who are simply looking to be paid for their work. It isn’t fair.
Tell Congress to support hardworking musicians. Thank the Members of Congress who haven’t signed onto this damaging resolution. If you’re represented by officials who have already signed on, express your disappointment and let them know they have chosen big corporate interests over those of working musicians.