YOU ARE OUR BELOVED FANS
YOUR PARTICIPATION IS CRUCIAL TO THE FUTURE OF MUSIC
The challenges we currently face as writers, performers, and producers are not ours, alone. We’re all partners in the protection of the future of the music we love.
We'll do our best to keep you abreast of the facts, letting you know what our elected leaders are doing—and not doing. When the times call for action, you’ll hear from us.
Right now, there are a few basic things you can do:
1. Think twice before you download, stream, or upload someone's music. Don’t assume it’s legal just because it's on YouTube with an ad displayed. Even ads don’t guarantee that everyone that should be paid is being paid. In fact, chances are great that they’re not! The one fact you can rely on is that the only party making money for every single play is YouTube. Much, if not most, of what you're listening on to YouTube was uploaded by someone who never had the right to do so in the first place.
2. If you deeply care about a music creator— an artist, a writer, a producer, a group, etc. —buy their music. Streams and ads do not cover the cost of the making music and most of the revenue generated never reaches the music creator. If you want to find the best place to purchase an artist’s music, search that artist’s website. Many artists sell directly to fans on their own site, often offering a more rewarding connection that way.
3. Spread the word. We can't do this without you. Ask your friends to support MusicAnswers. Share the information, articles and links on this site and through social media. Congress needs to know that music fans understand the issues and care about the future of music, too!
Stay tuned – there's more to come. And, most of all, thank you for supporting our work and joining our ranks.