The Content Creators Coalition sponsored an event in New York City calling on terrestrial radio to pay artists performance rights royalties.
“Out of respect for the artist, we ask that you not make video recordings of the performances you are about to witness.” These are difficult instructions to follow when David Byrne is on stage in overalls singing Biz Markie’s “Just a Friend.” And apparently some may not have heeded the request (see video below).
Erickson of the Future of Music Coalition, a D.C.-based non-profit which advocates on behalf of artists, remarked on the past failure of legislation for the issue, “Why is there a brick wall? Because multibillion dollar broadcasting companies like Clear Channel and their lobbyists at the National Association of Broadcasters have stopped it. In these debates, they purport to speak for mom and pop radio, and local radio. This is hilarious because these are the same people who because of media deregulation and consolidation, bought up local radio stations, erased their local character, fired all the DJs and replaced them with robots that play nearly the same playlists in every city. These people do not care about local (…) If the creative community speaks as one voice, we can finally bury the pernicious notion that musicians are obligated to work for free and be grateful for the exposure.”*