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musicFIRST Applauds AFL-CIO’s Support of the American Music Fairness Act

15 June 2022

Resolution in Support of Music Fairness and Artists’ Rights Unanimously Passed at This Year’s AFL-CIO Convention

Washington, DC, June 15, 2022Following the AFL-CIO’s unanimous passage of a resolution in support of music fairness and artists’ rights at its quadrennial convention on Wednesday, Congressman Joe Crowley, Chairman of the musicFIRST Coalition, issued the following statement: 

“We applaud the AFL-CIO for standing by artists and music creators and lending the strength of its 12.5 million members to the fight for passage of the American Music Fairness Act. This legislation will benefit artists across the country — including the tens of thousands who are members of SAG-AFTRA, the American Federation of Musicians and other AFL-CIO unions — by correcting a decades-long injustice fueled by corporate greed that has left artists uncompensated for the use of their songs on AM/FM radio.

In all other industries, paying people for their work is a basic, bedrock principle. Broadcasting shouldn’t be an exception. It’s time to fix our laws and bring the radio industry up to speed with the times by ensuring that Big Radio corporations fairly compensate artists when they play their songs. We look forward to working alongside our friends at the AFL-CIO to pass this important and long overdue legislation this year.”

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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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