Dickey Betts denounces unfair treatment of musicians ahead of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony
Ahead of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony this weekend, Dickey Betts denounces the unfair treatment of artists for plays broadcast.
This weekend, as we celebrate the induction of legendary artists into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it’s worth remembering that music creators still don’t get paid by AM / FM radio when their songs air. live, “Dickey Betts said in a press release. “It’s just wrong.”
“As we stand up and applaud the careers of star artists, we should also take this moment to stand up for music creators who are not being fairly paid for their work. The big media companies amass billions of dollars in advertising and yet refuse to pay artists a dime when their music is released. The American Music Fairness Act is before Congress and would right this wrong. “
“As we celebrate our diverse musical culture, we should do the right thing for the artists behind the music and pay them for their contributions,” concludes Betts. Betts is a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, which continues to enjoy significant spinoffs on classic rock stations across the United States.
The American Music Fairness Act is before Congress and would change that, requiring radio stations to pay artists when their songs air. Representatives Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Ted Deutch (D-FL) presented the AMFA to rectify the refusal of radio companies to pay artists.
US terrestrial radio stations are not required to pay performers when they broadcast music. The legislation includes a specific exemption for small radio stations that earn less than $ 1.5 million per year, requiring them to pay only a nominal annual fee ($ 500 / year) to broadcast as much music as they do. wish. Large broadcasters will be required to pay royalties to artists, just as they already do to songwriters.
By a margin of 2-1, Americans think it is unfair that artists are not paid when their music is played on traditional radio. And 60% say they weren’t aware this was the case and have been for years.
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