Agnew Posts Open Letter Regarding Performance Fee
August 14, 2009 at 6:03 AM (PT)
INO RECORDS artist TODD AGNEW posted an open letter to the radio and records industry earlier this week regarding the Performance Fee legislation on his website. He later added an addendum to the open letter.
"I am writing because I am concerned with what is turning into quite a chasm in your relationship. I only know what I’m told and I confess to not being an expert in this. But from what I understand, the record industry wants radio to pay more for using the songs. And the radio industry in turn, doesn’t want to pay anything for using songs, but actually wants to be paid for playing them. So if you don’t mind, I’d like to take a moment to look at each side and propose a solution," AGNEW writes.
In the end he proposes partnership. "Music has saturated our culture. And it’s because you worked together. I don’t see why you’re trying to fix something that’s not broken. The current situation has worked. Let the radio stations pay a reasonable amount to use the music. The problem is that you can’t agree on what is reasonable. Well, don’t try to make your year’s budget on this issue. It doesn’t need to greatly increase or decrease. Consider it a partnership, like it always has been. If you need to make more money to balance your budget, then do it in other ways. Have a bake sale."