MusicFIRST is claiming the radio industry is getting a government bailout. Nonsense! The Performance Rights Act refuses to acknowledge the crucial role radio plays in promoting music. The truth is, the Performance Rights Act takes money from radio and divides it among the richest recipients of the music industry.
For example, 'Today's Great Country 101 9' plays a song on the air, which amounts to a free three or four minute commercial for the song, the artist and their label. Not only do the aforementioned want the free air time, they want loads of cash on top of the tremendous promotional value they are already receiving from radio.
Let's break this 'cash cow' down. Today's Great Country 101 9 plays a song from Toby Keith that includes three background singers, two other guitar players, a musician on the keyboard, and a drummer. For every dollar Today's Great Country 101 9 pays, Toby's label, which “performs” nothing, gets 50 cents. Toby collects 45 cents. That leaves the three background singers, the two other guitar players, the musician on the keyboard, and the drummer to split 5 cents. Do the math. Not a good deal, is it?
So then, why does the recording industry promote 'justice' for its cause? The recording industry claims they want to protect the poor starving musicians who struggle to make a living. But you can see from the example above exactly how the record industry treats them. The musicians appear to be important for the recording industry's public relations campaign, yet notice the musicians are at the bottom of the list searching for the crumbs that are left when it comes time to pay up.
A Radio Tax means more jobs will be lost and our communities lose again. Why should we continue to bail-out the rich? Join us in this fight to stop another ridiculous bill from becoming a law.
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