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Statement on the so called “Local Radio Freedom Act” from musicFIRST Executive Director Chris Israel

13 December 2017

Washington, D.C. (December 13, 2017) – “The National Association of Broadcasters is celebrating its ability to get 218 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives to sign onto a meaningless, non-binding resolution. They shouldn’t be. While the NAB was dedicating months and spending millions accumulating names on a motion that will never become law, the innovative music marketplace continues to change for its members, and not for the better.

“Radio has more competition than ever for the ear of the listener (and the budget of the advertiser). Music streaming services, smart phones, connected cars and home speakers are revolutionizing the way consumers listen to music. Younger audiences are increasingly tuning out FM in favor of formats that allow them to customize and interact. Paid music services are realizing tremendous growth while internet connected cars are beginning to cut into radio’s last stronghold, the dashboard.

“We look forward to working with the radio industry to build a stronger future where artists can be compensated and radio can grow. We think it would be beneficial to focus less on lobbying in D.C. and more on how radio can provide music fans the access and innovation they want now and in the future.”

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