Official Filings

As part of our mission to make sure that artists' and musicians' voices are not left out of the policy debate, FMC regularly prepares and submits public comments, documents, and testimony to the appropriate rulemaking bodies. In these documents, the FMC strives to inject the debate with information about how policies can affect artists and the public at large.

May 12, 2015

FMC Reply to Broadcaster Push to Legitimize Payola

Musicians and labels reiterate why Big Radio's request is not in the public interest

On May 12, 2015, Future of Music Coalition filed the following reply comments to the Federal Communiations Commission (FCC) in the agency’s review of commercial broadcasters’ petition to eliminate on-air disclosure of paid programming.


April 10, 2015

FMC Filing in Opposition to Broadcasters Request for Payola Waiver

On April 10, 2015 FMC filed comments before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in oppposition to a petition previously submitted the Radio Broadcasters Coalition that would legitimize payola—the practice of radio programmers accepting cash or other enticements in exchange for airplay.

If a radio station is playing music because a giant record company paid them to do so, at the very least they have to make an explicit announcement saying so, over the air, at the time of broadcast, as federal law requires.


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