Artist Groups Cheer As NPR Leaves The MIC
July 14, 2015 at 4:17 PM (PT)
Several media reports indicate that NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO (NPR) has the MIC (MUSIC, INNOVATORS, CONSUMERS) COALITION. Formed in APRIL (NET NEWS 4/30) by online entities such as GOOGLE, AMAZON and PANDORA, the MIC plans to lobby against bills in CONGRESS and actions by SOUNDEXCHANGE and the COPYRIGHT ROYALTY BOARD -- pushed by major label groups and publishers who want to raise digital royalties.
AMAZON earlier pulled out of the group; NPD did so today without, as yet, making an official announcement. Nevertheless, two artist groups hailed NOPR's move.
In response, MUSICFIRST issued the following statement:
“When AMAZON took the lead and left this anti-artist COALITION, after concluding the group was ‘consumed’ with lowering payments to musicians, MUSICFIRST called on NPR to leave as well, arguing that their association with them went against their strong record as both a partner to artists and a supporter of great music," MUSICFIRST Coalition Exec. Dir. TED KALO said on a statement. "Today, we applaud NPR for its willingness to listen and engage in a dialogue with musicians’ advocates. And we commend NPR’s decision to leave the MIC COALITION, separating itself from both the COALITION and its anti-artist agenda.
“This is just the latest example of the rising power of music creators who have truly found their voice in the debate over making the music economy more just and more fair," he continued. "The rising tide of support for the Fair Play Fair Pay Act, especially during the music community’s “Week of Action,” is living proof of how far we have come.
“We are grateful to NPR for listening to the voices of artists and music creators, and choosing to take a brave stand by ending their membership in the MIC COALITION. We look forward to music creators resuming their longstanding partnership with NPR as a result.”
Also applauding NPR is the CONTENT CREATORS COALITION (C3), who issues a statement asserting that it's "thrilled that NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO has listened to musicians, and withdrawn from the MIC COALITION. Withdrawing was the right thing to do once NPR understood the negative impact its membership in the lobbying group had on artists and their interests.
"C3 wants to develop a partnership with NPR that will define innovative methods of licensing that will benefit music performers, music creators and NPR listeners. And artists look forward to expanding a partnership that will encompass fans of NPR and music alike. The support from musicians, in part, has contributed to the growth and success of NPR, and inspired listeners to become members. Whether it be from strong and forward-thinking music programming, promoting new artists, recognizing established artists, live performances, or the myriad of other ways that music has nourished NPR with audiences that love music, this has been a very successful partnership.
"There remains much work to do. But for today, our message is a simple 'Thank You.' Working together tomorrow just became much easier."