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The Momentum Behind The Movement For Music Fairness Continues As House Judiciary Committee Schedules AMFA Markup

02 December 2022

Next week’s markup will move artists one step closer to receiving the compensation they deserve from Big Radio

Washington, DC, December 2, 2022In response to the announcement that the House Judiciary Committee will hold a markup of the American Music Fairness Act next week, Congressman Joe Crowley, Chairman of the musicFIRST Coalition, issued the following statement:

“The House Judiciary Committee’s decision to hold this markup is yet another sign of the growing momentum for music fairness on Capitol Hill. Our movement towards equity for artists has grown in strength because people grasp its basic principle: That Americans deserve payment for their work.

The American Music Fairness Act ends a decades-long injustice of not paying artists performance royalties when their songs are played on AM/FM radio. We applaud Chairman Nadler for his leadership on this important issue and thank the members of the committee in advance for their thoughtful consideration next week.

It’s not complicated: Everyone, including artists, should be paid fairly for their hard work. I am confident that my former colleagues will stand firmly behind this bedrock American value and support artists in this crucial moment.”

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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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