Washington, DC, January 26, 2022 – In response to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) announcing the committee will hold a hearing on the American Music Fairness Act on February 2nd, Congressman Joe Crowley, Chairman of the musicFIRST Coalition, issued the following statement:
“The musicFIRST coalition couldn’t be more grateful to Chairman Nadler for his decision to hold a hearing on the landmark American Music Fairness Act. Artists and performers have been fighting for music fairness for over half a century, and it’s time for Congress to once and for all ensure artists receive compensation for their work, just as every other person deserves. This bipartisan legislation, introduced by Reps. Ted Deutch and Darrell Issa, represents a carefully considered approach to solving this decades long injustice.”
“For too long, billion-dollar corporate broadcasters have profited off the backs of musicians, exploiting their music to bring advertisers to the stations’ airwaves, without offering the artists a single cent in return. We look forward to hearing the testimonies of the witnesses as they share their own experiences in the fight for music fairness.”
musicFIRST works to ensure music creators get fair pay for their work on all platforms and wherever and however it is played. We rally the people and organizations who make and love music to end the broken status quo that allows AM/FM to use any song ever recorded without paying its performers a dime. And to stand up for fair pay on digital radio — and whatever comes next.
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