A2IM Sets Capitol Hill Lobbying Push
April 12, 2010 at 2:12 PM (PT)
THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT MUSIC (A2IM) will head to CAPITOL HILL to lobby for its interests on several pertinent issues on APRIL 14th-15th. As a part of THE RECORDING ACADEMY's "Grammys On The Hill" event, the effort will include meetings and a dinner with congressional leaders,
"A2IM is excited to be joining in our support of THE RECORDING ACADEMY’s Grammys On The Hill on an organized basis for the first time," A2IM Pres. RICH BENGLOFF said. "We look forward to having our voices heard on issues that are vital to the independent label community."
BENGLOFF and VP JIM MAHONEY will be joined by representatives from the ALTERNATIVE DISTRIBUTION ALLIANCE (ADA), ALTISSIMO RECORDINGS, MACK AVENUE, PANDORA, TAG STRATEGIC and TOMMY BOY ENTERTAINMENT, among others. Pressing issues facing the indie music community include:
* The proposed Performance Rights Act. They want the bill passed, mainly because of international reciprocity; indies are unable to collect royalties due in territories outside the U.S. as payable by terrestrial stations in those territories.
* Continued copyright protection and IP concerns and the need for government enforcement of copyright, especially for user-generated online content.
* Concerns about pending legislation and FCC policy on broadcast spectrum allocation that could seriously affect musical productions.
* Government support for the arts on the world stage; aid U.S. artists who create music and the music labels that invest in that creation to market our homegrown musical talent abroad.
"THE RECORDING ACADEMY welcomes the participation of our independent music label colleagues on the issues that are common concerns for both of our communities," RECORDING ACADEMY VP/Advocacy & Government Relations DARYL FRIEDMAN said.