FAIR PAY FAIR PLAY ACT
The Fair Play Fair Pay Act would require broadcasters to pay artists and record labels when their songs are played over the air on the radio. Yes, for example, Aretha Franklin has never been paid a penny for her iconic recording of “Respect.” And the sidemen on Miles Davis’ “Kind Of Blue” received nothing but their session fees (around $65.00) for playing on the best-selling jazz record of all time. It’s hard to argue that performers don’t deserve compensation (just like songwriters and publishers), especially when every advanced country in the world, except for the United States (and China and Iran), pays artists and labels for music played on the radio. And because the United States doesn’t pay this royalty to artists around the world, other countries refuse to pay American artists. The radio lobby has managed to take away from American artists and our economy a massive amount of money. The Fair Pay Fair Play Act will right this wrong, but the bill will undoubtedly continue to get huge pushback from terrestrial radio.