AFL-CIO Passes Resolution Supporting American Music Fairness Act
The AFL-CIO organization has passed a resolution in support of the American Music Fairness Act (AMFA).
AMFA would see singers and musicians paid when their music plays on the radio. Currently, AM/FM radio operators only have to pay publishing royalties for music. The AFL-CIO highlights how huge media corporations are acquiring radio stations across the United States. “With these big broadcast companies gobbling up billions and billions of advertising dollars, the union singers and musicians, including session and background performers, whose work makes all of this possible, get no compensation.”
The American Music Fairness Act would require broadcasting companies to compensate artists fairly when they play their songs on AM/FM radio. The AFL-CIO points out that the United States is one of only four other countries in the world that does not pay artists for radio airplay. The other three countries are China, Iran and North Korea.
The AFL-CIO says that as Americans recover from two years of personal loss and economic suffering, it’s time for Congress to protect the livelihoods of those who create the music that benefits the world. “Therefore, the AFL-CIO is committed to continuing to work to pass the American Music Fairness Act to protect all performers, singers, musicians and all musical artists,” the union says.
Following the adoption of the resolution, the musicFIRST coalition announced its support.
“We commend the AFL-CIO for supporting artists and music creators and lending the strength of its 12.5 million members to fight for passage of the American Music Fairness Act,” adds Congressman Joe Crowley, chairman of the musicFIRST coalition.
“This legislation will benefit artists across the country – including the tens of thousands of members of SAG-AFTRA, the American Federation of Musicians and other AFL-CIO unions – by righting a decades-old injustice. fueled by corporate greed that has left artists uncompensated for their use of their songs on AM/FM radio.
“In every other industry, paying people for their work is a fundamental, fundamental principle,” adds Crowley. “Broadcasting should not be an exception. It’s time to fix our laws and bring the radio industry up to speed by ensuring that major radio companies compensate artists fairly when they play their songs. We look forward to working alongside our friends at the AFL-CIO to pass this important and long overdue legislation this year,” Crowley concludes.