Performance Fee Finds A Big Supporter -- Nancy Pelosi
April 16, 2010 at 4:26 AM (PT)
The Performance Rights Act has found a supporter on Capitol Hill -- and it's a heavy one -- House Speaker NANCY PELOSI has come down on the side of new royalties for singers, reports THE HILL, which writes "PELOSI (D-CA), speaking at the RECORDING ACADEMY's Grammy on the Hill advocacy event, said singers, songwriters and musicians deserve to be compensated for their creativity."
"The rights of performers are not forgotten," she said. "You have an army of advocates by your side -- from both parties -- on Capitol Hill."
The Performance Rights Act is certainly one of the biggest challanges facing radio, with supporters including various performers and the musicFIRST Coalition -- and radio and the NAB firmly against it. The Act would require radio stations to pay royalties to singers, as online radio and satellite radio already do.
MUSICFIRST COALITION Exec Dir. JENNIFER BENDALL had previously explained, "We are one step closer to righting a wrong that has existed since the early days of radio; one step closer to winning the fight for fundamental justice that has been waged by countless artists and musicians over the last 80 years. We are grateful for the leadership of Chairman LEAHY, Sens. FEINSTEIN and HATCH and other members of the committee. We look forward to working with them and Chairman CONYERS, Reps. ISSA and BERMAN and other members who understand the importance of creating a fair performance right on radio for America’s artists and musicians."
The NAB however, has lined up a majority in Congress against the bill -- and frequently refers to it as a "Performance Tax." Over 250 members of the House -- a clear majority -- as well as over 25 Senators have signed off on a non-binding resolution opposing any such performance royalty fee on radio.
[This hot-button topic continues to be a political football and one of deep concern for radio broadcasters. What do you think of House Speaker NANCY PELOSI's position? Comment below!]