Legendary artists in Washington for the launch of the American Music Fairness Act
Dionne Warwick, Sam Moore and Dropkick frontman Murphys spoke
The world of music was on hand and spoke with several key players at the United States Capitol today (Thursday, June 24) to kick off the campaign to pass the American Music Fairness Act ( AMF).
The AMF law would force large terrestrial radio stations with revenues in the millions and billions of dollars to pay every time an artist’s song is played. There is a tiered revenue threshold that would leave smaller independent stations unaffected.
Dropkick Murphys lead singer Ken Casey, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Sam Moore and R&B legend Dionne Warwrick were in attendance at the launch. “Fairness” was the buzzword as everyone voiced their feeling that terrestrial radio used “promotion” as an excuse to avoid paying artists for tricks.
Representatives Ted Deutch (D-FL) and Darrell Issa (R-CA) are co-sponsoring the bill in a show of bipartisan support for musicians. TMU spoke with Congressman Deutch and asked if the very public loss of income artists suffered during the COVID-19 pandemic has rekindled hope for the bill.
“There is a realization by so many in our country that, number one, music is incredibly important – especially in these difficult times that we have known. And second, we enjoyed this music while the artists suffered from it, ”the congressman told TMU exclusively. “And that’s why we see it differently now. This is why people are more willing to engage on this issue and recognize that all we want is fairness. And it’s hard to argue against fairness.
Dropkick Murphys lead singer Ken Casey echoed the congressman’s sentiment that people have awakened to this issue, telling TMU: “We don’t have a lot of people lobbying on our behalf. So it’s nice to see this happening honestly, even in principle. The ‘Shipping Up to Boston’ rocker continued, “I think we can expect that if that doesn’t happen in Congress, it will at least happen with the fans coming to support us when we get back on the road. road.”
“I know ticket sales have gone up for a lot of artists, so I know the fan base will take care of us if no one else will,” concludes Casey.
The American Music Fairness Act was introduced two weeks before the House began its summer recess. TMU will monitor the progress of the bill over the coming months.