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March 2, 2017
13 Representatives, 3 Senators cosponsor resolution opposing performance royalty
WASHINGTON, DC — A bipartisan group of 13 Representatives and three Senators have joined as cosponsors of a resolution that opposes “any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge” on local broadcast radio stations. The Local Radio Freedom Act (LRFA) now has 142 cosponsors in the House and 15 in the Senate.
“NAB is very thankful for the recognition by Members of Congress of the indispensable role that local radio plays in spurring music creation and promotion,” said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith. “Broadcast radio and the record industry enjoy a long-standing partnership that has propelled countless artists to stardom. We are grateful for the support from lawmakers in rejecting a job-killing performance royalty that would harm a vibrant music economy. “
Adding their support for the Local Radio Freedom Act in the House are Reps. Mo Brooks (AL-5), Susan Brooks (IN-5), Mike Coffman (CO-6), Charles Dent (PA-15), Kay Granger (TX-12), Trent Kelly (MS-1), Ron Kind (WI-3), Dennis Ross (FL-15), Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-9), Mark Walker (NC-6), Rob Wittman (VA-1), John Yarmuth (KY-3) and David Young (IA-3). Sens. John Hoeven (R-ND), James Inhofe (R-OK) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) are the new cospsonsors of the Senate resolution.
Reps. Michael Conaway (R-TX) and Gene Green (D-TX) are the principal cosponsors of the Local Radio Freedom Act (H. Con. Res. 13) in the House of Representatives. Sens. John Barrasso (R-WY) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) introduced a companion resolution in the Senate (S. Con. Res. 6).
“Congress should not impose any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge relating to the public performance of sound recordings on a local radio station for broadcasting sound recordings over the air, or on any business for the public performance of sound recordings on a local radio station broadcast over the air,” reads the Local Radio Freedom Act.
On numerous occasions, both record label executives and artists have recognized the promotional value of free radio airplay. In an interview yesterday, country music star Keith Urban praised local radio as a way to reach fans:
“A huge amount of my audience still listens to radio. That’s where they get a lot of my music.”
The 142 House co-sponsors of the Local Radio Freedom Act include (new cosponsors in bold):
Ralph Abraham (LA-5)
Bob Gibbs (OH-7)
Steve Pearce (NM-2)
The Local Radio Freedom Act’s 15 Senate cosponsors are (new cosponsor in bold):
John Barrasso (R-WY)
Cory Gardner (R-CO)
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Article Courtesy NAB