Majority In Congress Support NAB Position On Fee
September 22, 2009 at 8:40 AM (PT)
A total of 251 House members and 25 U.S. Senators are now on record in opposition to Performance Fee legislation, says THE NAB.
THE NAB points out that UNIVERSAL MUSIC sent an e-mail this week to local radio stations, thanking them for the free airplay provided for musicians TAYLOR SWIFT and JAYSEAN. "Thank You Radio For Simultaneous #1 Tracks at Top 40 and Rhythm!" reads the e-mail. The record label's recognition of the unparalleled promotional value of radio airplay contradicts statements made by recording industry representatives in WASHINGTON who have characterized radio airplay as "a form of piracy."
"Support in both the House and Senate for free and local radio continues to grow, despite an unprecedented lobbying campaign by RIAA," said NAB EVP DENNIS WHARTON. "We're hopeful that Congress ultimately rejects this bill and preserves the ability of local radio to freely expose new artists and new music to 235 million listeners every week."