AFL-CIO Comes Out In Support Of Performance Fee
December 8, 2009 at 9:04 AM (PT)
The AFL-CIO has joined the Performance Fee fight, with the organization weighing in on the side of artists and musicians, represented by the musicFIRST COALITION. AFL-CIO Pres. RICHARD TRUMKA asked Members of Congress to support The Performance Rights Act in a letter in which he wrote, "This is an issue of basic fairness for working families. Shamefully, the U.S. stands alone among developed nations in not compensating performers for their efforts. Millions of dollars in royalties generated from radio broadcasts of U.S. recordings in other countries has been lost to U.S. performers because the U.S. lacks a performance right."
In his letter to the Hill, TRUMKA appealed directly to Members of Congress who have co-sponsored the NAB’s resolution opposing a radio performance right. He wrote, "I ask Members who may have signed resolutions against the Performance Rights Act to take a second look at the legislation as it now stands. There is simply no argument to be made about financial hardships for broadcasters!"
Read the full letter here.