A growing number of legislators are supporting a resolution opposing "any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge" on local broadcast radio stations. The Local Radio Freedom Act (LRFA), which signals members of Congress' opposition to any potential legislation that imposes new performance royalties on broadcast radio stations for simply playing music, now has … Continue reading The Local Radio Freedom Act Continues to Gain Momentum
For more than a century, local radio stations and musicians have enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship. Artists provide great songs, while local stations play the songs and promote them to a huge listening audience (roughly 90% of Americans each week). Radio stations have helped turn emerging artists into superstars, sustained the careers of legacy musicians, … Continue reading Radio Delivers for Artists. That’s “Music Fairness.”
Radio has long served as the music industry’s go-to platform to introduce audiences to new music and artists. Tuned In Broadcasting’s WRLT-FM (LIGHTNING 100) in Nashville, Tennessee has demonstrated an extraordinary and on-going commitment to celebrating and promoting local musicians on-air and through special events. The station plays more unsigned local artists in daily rotation … Continue reading WRLT-FM and the Partnership Between Local Radio and Artists
Signaling their support for hometown radio stations and their listeners, a bipartisan group of policymakers recently reintroduced the Local Radio Freedom Act (LRFA). This congressional resolution opposes "any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge" on local broadcast radio stations – sending a strong message to record labels, which for years have tried to … Continue reading Bipartisan Congressional Coalition Stands with Local Radio Against Performance Royalty
A lot has been said and written in recent days concerning the NAB Radio Board's vote supporting a multi-tiered proposal that could ultimately result in stations paying a limited performance fee for playing music. Ridiculous conspiracy theories have been proffered. Apocalyptic analogies have been suggested. The motives of NAB and its leadership have been questioned. … Continue reading Two Strategies, One Future
The response from critics to NAB's support for the inclusion of radio receivers on mobile phone devices sold in the U.S has been predictable and follows a customary Washington tactic: Arguments against this pro-consumer feature have been long on exaggeration, rhetoric and factual inaccuracies. It's time to set the record straight. Radio's audience is GROWING. … Continue reading A fact-based response to the critics of radio-capable cell phones
With the foreign-owned record labels continuing to pressure members of Congress to enact performance tax legislation, it's worth taking a second to highlight the recent words of Texas musician Bo Carter, a nominee for the Texas Music Awards Male Vocalist of the Year. "If people don’t hear my music on the radio, they don’t know … Continue reading Texas musician: Why “nickle and dime” local radio with a performance tax?