musicFIRST And NAB Exchange Barbs
June 3, 2008 at 12:51 PM (PT)
In a multi-day prank designed to call attention to its ongoing effort to win legislative backing to force broadcasters to pay performance fees for music broadcast over the airwaves, the MUSICFIRST COALITION TODAY sent NAB Pres./CEO DAVID REHR and NAB EVP/Radio JOHN DAVID an iTUNES copy of "Take The Money And Run" by THE STEVE MILLER BAND.
The MUSICFIRST COALITION is a partnership of more than 165 artists and 13 music industry organizations advocating that performers -- from aspiring and local artists, to background singers and well-known stars -- be compensated when their music is broadcast over the air.
TOMORROW, the COALITION plans to send BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN’s "Pay Me My Money Down," with a live version of "Back in the U.S.S.R." from PAUL MCCARTNEY, and finally SHERYL CROW’s "A Change Will Do You Good" on FRIDAY.
NAB Isn't Amused
The NAB'S EVP/Media Relations DENNIS WHARTON responded, "This silly gesture obscures the fact that most musicians become successful through free airplay from AMERICA's hometown radio stations. NAB suggests that RIAA instead donate these tunes to the college kids and grandmothers that they keep trying to have arrested."