Washington, DC, February 2, 2022 – Following today’s House Judiciary Committee’s hearing on the American Music Fairness Act, Congressman Joe Crowley, Chairman of the musicFIRST Coalition, issued the following statement:
“Today’s hearing on the American Music Fairness Act is a massive step toward true music fairness and securing fair pay for the working musicians across the country who help make the soundtracks to our lives. On behalf of the musicFIRST coalition, I’d like to offer my sincere thanks to Chairman Nadler for taking up this issue; to Reps. Issa and Deutch for continuously championing the rights of American music creators; and to all of the music creators who testified today for bravely sharing their experiences and putting a human face on this pressing problem.
“We were disappointed that not a single broadcasting company chose to appear for today’s critical conversation before Congress. But they will eventually have to realize that it is time for billion-dollar corporate broadcasters to finally pay musicians for their hard work and stop exploiting their music for profit. We’re grateful to the Members of Congress who are already standing up for working class musicians, and we look forward to welcoming more lawmakers to our cause — including our friends in the Senate — in the weeks ahead.”
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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