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December 26, 2019IM -
The AFM joined with other members of the music community on November 21 to celebrate the introduction of bipartisan legislation in Congress that would end big radio’s ability to use music without first obtaining any form of permission from the people who recorded it.
“All musicians should be paid for all their work all the time—and that includes AM/FM radio,” says AFM International President Ray Hair. “This bill would allow artists to control their own work and fairly negotiate with the large broadcasters for appropriate compensation for that work. We thank Chairman Nadler and Senator Blackburn for their leadership on this issue.”
The Ask Musicians For Music (AM-FM) Act was introduced by US Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and by US Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN). The AM-FM Act seeks to modernize existing copyright law for radio stations and musicians; it gives creators control of their own work by requiring broadcasters to obtain consent before playing—and profiting from—their music.
For many decades, radio broadcasters have made billions of dollars every year convincing their audience to listen to advertising with the promise of great music on the other side. Current law has allowed them to exploit music for profit without paying a penny to the artists who bring that music to life.
Under the AM-FM Act, artists who want to allow terrestrial radio to continue to use their work for free can choose to do so. Artists who seek compensation for their work can exercise their right to negotiate rates for the use of their sound recordings from broadcasters. Both bills provide special treatment by protecting small, public, college, and other non-commercial stations.