Artists, House Reps Tout Radio Performance Royalty
February 9, 2009 at 1:32 PM (PT)
The recording industry used the high-profile GRAMMY AWARDS week to spotlight the need for a performance royalty on terrestrial radio. In a "Town hall" meeting at STAPLE CENTER last FRIDAY, recording artists, politicians and music industry leaders talked up the reintroduction of the Performance Rights Act.
Event panelist MARY WILSON of THE SUPREMES created the biggest headline splash by noting that musicians do not always "cash in" when they get a radio spin, as "it doesn't really translate into money. Artists do not get paid money for every time records are played on the radio."
While WILSON and Reps. JOHN CONYERS, MARSHA BLACKBURN and DARRELL ISSA also took radio and the NAB to task for not negotiating an equitable performance royalty rate, recording artist DARREN FARRIS at least recognized the broadcasters' concerns. "I am sympathetic to both sides of the issue," he said. "The last thing musicians need are radio stations going under because they can't be profitable due to excessive royalty payments, and musicians can't make music if they aren't getting paid. We need more meetings like this to find something acceptable to both sides."