Performance Fee Town Hall Meeting Set For Detroit
June 2, 2009 at 5:19 AM (PT)
A group of artists, including DIONNE WARWICK, SAM MOORE, MOTOWN alums MARY WILSON, DUKE FAKIR and MARTHA REEVES and hip-hop artist RHYMEFEST, will take part in a town hall meeting TODAY in DETROIT on proposed legislation that would force radio stations to pay royalties to singers and musicians when their songs are played on the air, reports THE DETROIT NEWS.
"The meeting, billed as 'Awareness for Fairness,' is intended as part of the discussion of the Performance Rights Act in Congress, which was introduced by U.S. Rep JOHN CONYERS, D-DETROIT.
"The meeting, which is open to the public, will include opponents of the bill, including MICHIGAN ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS Pres./CEO KAROLE WHITE and representatives of RADIO ONE, CLEAR CHANNEL, GREATER MEDIA and CBS RADIO/DETROIT.
"We are artists, and people around the world listen to us -- for free," said WILSON, a founding member of the SUPREMES. "We do deserve to be compensated."