Performance Fee Legislation Moves To Senate
July 24, 2009 at 4:55 AM (PT)
The Performance Fee bill, which will require broadcast stations to pay performers when their songs are played on the radio, will be heard before the Senate Judiciary Committee on AUGUST 4th.
A similar bill, H.R. 848, was passed out of The House Judiciary Committee in MAY (NET NEWS 5/17), in a 21-9 vote. The bill, which essentially ends radio's royalty exemption, has been amended to spare low-revenue stations from being unduly impacted, and contains a one-year moriatorium.
The Senate hearings will be presided over by Sen. DIANNE FEINSTEIN (D-CA). Sen. PATRICK LEAHY (D-VT.), the chairman of the committee, is the sponsor of the bill. FEINSTEIN is a co-sponsor along with Sen. BARBARA BOXER (D-CA), Sen. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-N.Y.), Sen. BOB CORKER (R-TN), Sen. ORRIN HATCH (R-UT) and Sen. LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN).
MUSICFIRST Exec. Dir. JENNIFER BENDALL issued this statement:
"We are grateful for the support and the leadership of Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman PATRICK LEAHY and other members of the committee who believe in fair pay for airplay. AM and FM radio stations earn billions every year without compensating the artists and musicians who bring music to life and listeners' ears to the radio dial. Artists and musicians have been fighting for a fair performance right on radio for more than 80 years. The time has come to close the corporate radio loophole and pass this long overdue legislation. We look forward to this hearing. It is an important step in the fight to win a performance right on radio that is fair to artists and musicians, fair to other radio platforms and fair to radio."