Last week, House Judiciary committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D NY) and Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) introduced the “Ask Musicians for Music Act (AM-FM),” which would create a performance fee for musicians whose music is broadcast over traditional radio and television stations. (There is already a performance fee for streaming music.) Ironically, Chairman Nadler Introduced the bill on the same day he was voting on legislation that blocks renewal of STELAR.
NYSBA opposes this bill. (As we go to press it does not have a bill number) As we have noted in the past, the radio industry provides billions of dollars in promotion. This is especially true of traditional over the air radio broadcasts, which may be accessed by listeners for free. It is simply unfair to award performers additional compensation.
Past versions of this legislation had a payment cap for small radio stations. While the text of the bill has not yet been published, we assume this version will have some form of cap. However, many small stations cannot afford this payment.
We need to redouble our efforts to support the Local Radio Freedom Act (LFRA). This will help ensure that Mr. Nadler’s bill will not pass. Today, 201 members of the House of Representatives and 25 U.S. Senators have signed on to the Local Radio Freedom Act.
While a number of NY Representatives have signed on to the LFRA, we need to redouble our efforts. NYSBA will be in contact with you shortly regarding this legislation.
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