• Clement S. Sealy, Jr.

Call To Action

Below you find an alert from the The SoundExchange Team. Please read and respond.

From Sound Exchange

"Congress took an important step this week toward ending the nearly century-old flaw in U.S. law that allows radio broadcasters to use and profit from an artist’s work without obtaining permission or compensating them at all. Yesterday, Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R- TN) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) introduced the bi-partisan Ask Musicians For Music (AM-FM) Act of 2019 in both the Senate and the House of Representatives.

We need all music creators to raise their voices.  Your Senators and Representative in Congress need to know that it is your right and your livelihood being valued and protected by this legislation, and you expect them to support it."

The article continues with, "The AM-FM Act (HR.5219/S.2932) would give artists and record labels control over their music by requiring radio broadcasters to obtain your permission before playing your sound recording over the air. If enacted into law, this would at long last set the table for royalty rate negotiations with terrestrial radio broadcasters. (You can learn more about the AM-FM Act by reading Mike Huppe's LinkedIn post (https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/am-fm-act-give-artists-protected-property-right-work-michael-huppe/.))

We saw the power of the united music community in action last year as we pushed the Music Modernization Act (MMA) across the finish line.  But the truth is, we can’t call our copyright laws “modernized” while FM radio, the largest ad-supported music platform in the world, is excused from paying anything to the people who record the music. Music is the lifeblood of their $17billion per year business".

" It’s time to join our voices once again, show our strength, and right this wrong.

When we speak with a loud, unified voice, Congress listens. That’s why I’m asking you to take action now. Click the link below to encourage your representatives in Congress to support this important legislation."

Please click the link below and stay proactive in our fight for our rights".

The SoundExchange Team


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