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When MIC (music.innovation.consumers) was founded earlier this year it billed itself as a coalition that advocates for a future music marketplace that is transparent, efficient, and sustainable, however early members have dropped out noting that it is less concerned about protecting the music economy than it is reducing payments to artists. Amazon quickly withdrew from the coalition in June citing its alleged focus on music pricing. This month NPR also pulled out giving no exact reason.
On hearing the news, performance rights organization SoundExchange issued a statement that read, in part:
Just a month after launch, the MIC Coalition lost yet another member today when NPR joined Amazon in rejecting the organization’s anti-artist agenda and dropping out of the MIC Coalition. SoundExchange applauds NPR for taking this stand for the future of music and artists everywhere. We look forward to continuing our long-standing, positive collaboration with NPR. Now, more than ever, it is vital that music creators and music lovers everywhere stand together to fight for the future of music.
The AFM and SoundExchange ask musicians to please write your member of Congress and ask them to support the Fair Play Fair Pay Act to ensure all artists are paid every time their music is played, on every platform. Visit: http://musicfirst-coalition.rallycongress.com/17671/support-fair-play-fair-pay-act/.