Getting Artists Paid for AM/FM Plays


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Please clarify if this

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on February 19, 2015 - 12:59am.

Please clarify if this current version of the legislation includes a cap or other protections for non-profit, community and college radio stations. Non-commercial stations are already struggling to remain on our public airwaves.

There isn't legislation on

Submitted by kevin on February 24, 2015 - 4:51pm.

There isn't legislation on the table yet, but we will definitely be looking to ensure that any proposal have the appropriate measures for noncomm stations.

Regarding the differentiation

Submitted by Jerry Drawhorn (not verified) on February 19, 2015 - 2:34pm.

Regarding the differentiation between the payment of royalties to performers in the US vs. abroad…could this be because most foreign radio stations are government entities, while those in the US are private and commercial. Thus, the decision making process in the US was that airplay was akin to an "advertisement" for the band/musician to spur record sales. If you had charged for the performance the station would have simply played someone else's music that was cheaper. In fact, airplay was so important for fame and exposure that the record labels and agents paid "payola" to get airplay.

I'm wondering what might be the down the road consequences of changing the system. Will radio stations that are unable to afford the rights payments shut down, or go all talk, or pare their playlists (more DJ jabber)? Will this cause the college non-commercial stations that spawned whole breakthrough genres (punk, hip-hop, alternative) and act as the sole repository of jazz, blues and world music to shutter? Will the rich bands simply get richer, while the bands that are trying to build a reputation get further shut out?

I've never seen a very good cost-benefit analysis that shows how this will help the diversity of airplay, give more opportunities for non-established artists (the vast majority of musicians, bands out there), and improve the economics of all but the wealthiest of artists.

There's nothing to suggest

Submitted by kevin on February 24, 2015 - 4:54pm.

There's nothing to suggest that appropriate measures won't be taken to make sure that college and other non-comm stations aren't saddled with big fees.

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