Greater Media Coordinates Its Opposition To Performance Fee
June 18, 2009 at 12:55 PM (PT)
GREATER MEDIA has unveiled a new website to coordinate opposition to the proposed performance tax. Listeners and advertisers are encouraged to log on at www.helpsaveradio.org to learn more about the proposed Performance Tax, sign an online petition, and find their congressional representatives by ZIP code.
In addition to launching the website, GREATER MEDIA is reaching out to its stations' local databases and running on-air promotional announcements, inviting radio supporters to sign the petition opposing the Performance Tax on LOCAL Radio (H.R. 848 and S. 379), which will be distributed to Members of Congress.
"The proposed performance royalty bill could be potentially devastating to all of us who work in radio and all those who depend on radio for financial and community support," said GREATER MEDIA Chairman/CEO PETER H. SMYTH. SMYTH added that a performance tax "would violate the long-standing and mutually beneficial relationship in which radio stations provide broad exposure and promotional impact to artists in exchange for music content. A performance tax will put all the costs and risks on radio, and transfer most of the benefits and rewards to the international music industry conglomerates."