Motown Stars Expected At Meeting On Radio Royalties
May 28, 2009 at 4:54 AM (PT)
There should be fireworks MONDAY morning at DETROIT's City-County Building, writes THE DETROIT NEWS -- "not at the council, this time -- at a 13th floor town hall meeting that U.S. Rep. JOHN CONYERS, JR. will host to air the issues surrounding the controversial Performance Rights Act that he co-sponsored and was passed by the House Judiciary Committee that he chairs.
"Members of the group MUSIC FIRST, including singer SAM MOORE (of SAM & DAVE fame) will fly in, DIONNE WARWICK is a strong maybe and DUKE FAKIR of THE FOUR TOPS and council member/MOTOWN star MARTHA REEVES will be there, along with other DETROIT and MOTOWN entertainers.
"The bill has sparked controversy, with radio executives like RADIO ONE Chairman CATHY HUGHES complaining that paying performers for songs played on the radio would be an economic burden, especially to black-owned radio, during hard times. HUGHES and others are demanding hearings on the bill.
Supporters of the bill counter that performers are paid by radio in EUROPE and that for struggling veteran musicians, which DETROIT has plenty of, the royalties involved may not be huge, but would buy a few groceries."