We are bringing you this latest news because we want to make sure you know it’s not going away and you should stay involved in the process. In an op-ed in Billboard, SoundExchange CEO Michael Huppe called on SiriusXM to support legislation that would ensure music creators who created songs before 1972 would be fairly compensated on satellite radio and digital streaming services. Huppe was calling on SiriusXM to support the CLASSICS Act at the same time he ripped into radio.
Huppe wrote, “This situation has progressed, in large measure, because the music industry and digital service providers – often divided – similarly worked together to craft a unified package of reforms. More than 20 organizations representing artists, songwriters, composers, record labels, music publishers, performance rights organizations, and streaming services (such as Pandora) support these bills and are asking Congress to pass them as part of a unified piece of music legislation in 2018.”
Huppe then went after radio. “Broadcast radio should absolutely compensate creators of sound recordings. For far too long, terrestrial (FM) radio has used the music of hard working artists to attract listeners to their stations, while paying those artists nothing for their work.”
Radio has long argued, and many artists have agreed, that the free marketing and promotion radio stations offer artists is more than enough compensation. Artists consistently thank radio for playing their music and tell stories of the euphoria they feel the first time their music is being played on the radio.
In Huppe’s piece he goes on to say that the musicFIRST Coalition continues to pursue a terrestrial radio performance right through direct talks with radio broadcasters represented by the NAB. “We are hopeful that the music industry and radio broadcasters can resolve their differences, and that we can craft an agreement to pay artists for their work on radio as we have with virtually every other platform. But this issue is not yet ripe for legislation, and should not hold back the progress that we can otherwise make through the hard work of these 20-plus music groups.”