As we wrote about yesterday and in previous weeks, Clear Channel is attempting to strip indie artists of performance royalties in order to be considered for airplay on its stations.
As part of a settlement with the FCC following an investigation into payola allegations, Clear Channel and other major broadcasters agreed to air 4,200 hours of local and indie programming. Clear Channel set up a page on its station’s web sites that allowed indie artists to submit their music for airplay, but required them to check a licensing agreement that waives the artists’ performance rights. read more
On Saturday, July 14, FMC Deputy Director Kristin Thomson will be moderating a panel called "Can You Hear Me Now? This Ain’t Your Grandfather’s Radio", one of the many discussions scheduled to happen during the Recording Academy’s Independent’s Day event in Philadelphia.
Kristin, Billy Zero from XM Radio’s "Unsigned" channel, WPRB’s Jon Solomon and other panelists will talk about the state of radio, and the plethora of platforms that musicians can use to get their music heard. read more
Congress urges peace talks in Net radio conflict
In a hearing on webcasting on Thursday, members of Congress admitted that they were unsure how to balance the interests of webcasters with the need to compensate artists through royalties. Since the new royalties are effective on July 15, Congress is urging webcasters and SoundExchange to work things out independently in order to beat the deadline and avoid the collapse of small business webcasters. by Anne Broache, CNET, June 28, 2007 read more
House Committee on Small Business 2361 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515
Dear Chairwoman Velázquez:
Future of Music Coalition respectfully submits this written testimony for consideration in advance of the committee’s June 28, 2007 hearing on “Assessing the Impact of the Copyright Royalty Board Decision to Increase Royalty Rates on Recording Artists and Webcasters”. read more
p>Washington, D.C.— Bipartisan legislation was introduced today in both the House and Senate that would bring hundreds of local, Low Power FM (LPFM) radio stations to cities and suburbs across the country. On a national press call today, the Indigo Girls joined religious groups, community radio broadcasters and public interest advocates in support of the "Local Community Radio Act of 2007.
Women and minorities have largely been shut out of radio ownership in this country, in part, because of media consolidation, a new study by media reformers Free Press has found. The study concluded women and minorities own 6 and 7.7 percent respectively of the nation’s full power radio stations.
The study is the first ever complete ownership assessment of the nation’s airwaves. Significantly, the study found stations owned by women and minorities tended to feature more local and diverse programming than those stations owned by white men. read more
There were two very interesting — but related — developments on the radio front today. First, Congressman Mike Doyle (D-PA) and Lee Terry (R-Nebraska) announced this morning at a teleconference they would introduce a bill that would clear the way for the creation of low power FM radio stations in urban areas.
Given the shrinking playlists and bland programming brought about by radio consolidation over the last decade, low power FM has the potential to create radio that is truly radio: local voices, cutting edge music and genres that are not regularly heard on commercial radio (i.e. jazz and bluegrass).
Or as Indigo Girl Emily Saliers put it on the teleconference: read more
Washington, D.C.— You remember several years ago, in 2005, former Attorney General, now New York Governor, Eliot Spitzer caught several major labels and major radio companies with hands in each others’ cookie jars engaging in payola — receiving payments from record companies to play certain records?* Sure you do, his investigation garnered national headlines and resulted in fines and penalties from several major labels that exceeded $30 million. read more
Major Webcasters to face billions in new fees? The CEOs of the four leading internet radio broadcasters, RealNetworks, Yahoo, Pandora, and Live365, say the new annual $500/channel administrative fee would force their companies alone to pay $1 billion per year to SoundExchange without including actual royalty payments. by Anne Broache, CNET, June 7, 2007read more