musicFIRST Targets Congress With Ad Campaign Oposing Local Radio Freedom Act
July 11, 2014 at 4:44 AM (PT)
An ad campaign from music industry trade association musicFIRST is aiming at Congress, asking legislators to remove their names from support of the Local Radio Freedom Act.
THE HILL is reporting that the new ads, placed in newspapers and in social media aimed at key legislators in their home districts, tell Congress, “It’s hard enough to make a living as a musician -- and even harder when your own representatives in Congress won’t support your basic right to fair pay for your work" and call the resolution "an anti-musician resolution pushed by big corporate radio companies." The ad also calls broadcasters' characterization of the proposed performance royalty as a tax "a vicious falsehood designed to keep musicians from getting fair pay."
musicFIRST Exec. Dir. TED KALO told THE HILL, “Any member that signs onto it should be aware that NAB is going to use it as a shield ... Their names are being used to fight fair compensation for musicians.”
“It’s hard to imagine how people who represent such vibrant music communities ... would sign onto a resolution like this,” KALO said.