NAACP Comes Out In Support Of Performance Fee
July 15, 2009 at 8:46 AM (PT)
The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCED OF COLORED PEOPLE passed a resolution at their centennial convention saluting Rep. JOHN CONYERS and supporting performance royalties for musicians that would be provided under the Performance Rights Act, H.R. 848, calling it "a civil rights bill for musicians."
MUSICFIRST COALITION spokesperson SEAN GLOVER said, "Big radio corporations like CLEAR CHANNEL and RADIO ONE refuse to pay musicians a single cent when their music is played on the radio -- a practice the bill would end. The bill in Congress only reaches big corporate radio -- a specific provision protects small radio stations including all small black-owned radio stations. The NAACP recognizes that many black musicians are penniless in old age because RADIO ONE and CLEAR CHANNEL don’t pay royalties. Performance rights is a civil rights issue, it is a workers’ rights issue."