Quick Action

Contact Congress


ICYMI: Music Creators Take on Broadcasters in Renewed Fight for Fair Pay

28 May 2020

Earlier this week, advocates for music creators appeared in a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee staff briefing and urged Congress to recognize a terrestrial performance right for artists whose work is played on AM/FM radio and who are currently not compensated for it.

U.S. Senate Judiciary Intellectual Property Subcommittee Chairman Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Ranking Member Chris Coons (D-DE) asked experts from across the music industry to weigh in on the lack of a terrestrial performance right in the United States and the impact that long-standing inequity has on artists and the radio industry. The witnesses amplifying the voice of music creators at the briefing were Harvey Mason Jr., Chair and Interim CEO of the Recording Academy; Dr. Richard James Burgess, President and CEO of the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM); and Colin Rushing, Chief Legal Officer for SoundExchange. Representatives from the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and Salem Media also participated.

The Recording Academy, A2IM and SoundExchange—all members of the musicFIRST Coalition—encouraged Congress to adopt a fundamental principle in their work on music licensing policy – music creators deserve to be fairly compensated when their work is played on all platforms, including terrestrial AM/FM radio:

Harvey.png“The radio industry is celebrating its 100 anniversary this year. Can we all agree that a century is long enough for radio to join every other platform and every other country in paying fairly for the music that drives their business?”
Harvey Mason Jr., Chair and Interim CEO of the Recording Academy



“I don’t know of another industry that’s forced by law to hand over its primary product with zero compensation so that another industry can profit from it.”Dr. Richard James Burgess, President and CEO of A2IM 


Colin.png“ Our industry has been fighting from the very beginning to have music paid for by the radio stations that use it. The consequence of the current legal regime is… the single biggest source of music listening in this country is not obligated to pay for that music at all.”Colin Rushing, Chief Legal Officer at SoundExchange

Get Involved!

Contact your Members of Congress and tell them you stand against Big Radio.

Contact congress
Back to Latest


Press Release
musicFIRST and Future of Music Take on NAB’s Call fo...
May 29, 2020
Press Release
ICYMI: Music Creators Take on Broadcasters in Renewe...
May 28, 2020
Music Creators Take on Broadcasters in Renewed Fight...
May 28, 2020
Press Release
musicFIRST and Future of Music Take On Radio’s Conso...
April 28, 2020
iHeart Doesn't Know What Local Means
February 28, 2020
No Heart Radio:
February 14, 2020
Blog Post
AM/FM Act Playlist
February 06, 2020
Press Release
What Others Are Saying About the AM-FM Act
November 25, 2019
Press Release
musicFIRST Applauds Bill Giving Artists Say Before T...
November 21, 2019
Stay in the Loop


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: musicFIRST Coalition, 800 North Capitol Street, NW, Washington DC, DC, 20002, http://musicfirstcoalition.org. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact
By submitting you agree to our Terms & Conditions