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Great News! AMFA Introduced in Senate


On September 22, Congress moved a step closer to ending a decades-long injustice against music creators with the Senate introduction of S. 4932, American Music Fairness Act (AMFA), sponsored by Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Alex Padilla (D-CA). An identical bill (HR 4130) has already been introduced and received a hearing in the House, setting Congress up for action this fall.

This is a critical piece of legislation for professional musicians whose music is played on AM/FM broadcast radio with no compensation to the creators. The United States is the only industrialized nation besides North Korea and Iran that has no law requiring a broadcast performance royalty for sound recordings to be paid to artists, musicians, and singers.

The American Music Fairness Act will help remedy this problem by requiring terrestrial broadcasters to start paying long-overdue royalties to the musicians whose music these stations use to make billions in advertising profits.

AFM President Ray Hair states, “The bipartisan introduction of AMFA by our Senatorial champions, Marsha Blackburn and Alex Padilla, underscores the coast-to-coast effort on the part of the Federation, our locals, and our members to encourage Congress to adopt historic changes to copyright law that would benefit professional musicians and vocalists whose recordings are heard on AM/FM radio.”
It’s time to end the loophole that has allowed Big Radio to rob artists of their fair share for far too long.

Contact your representatives and ask them to support the American Music Fairness Act, HR 4130,

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