Many of you are familiar with the controversy involving House Resolution 848. It’s the Performance Rights Act. It would require radio stations to pay the artists who sing the songs that air on your local radio station. In the past just the composers of the songs were paid.
Recently, Black owned Radio One took to the airwaves in Houston. It warned listeners if this legislation passed you’d likely lose Black owned and small radio stations around the country.
I recently heard a similar ad on AM radio. It was paid for by the National Association of Broadcasters. They take a different approach in their message to kill HR 848. Instead of saying you’re going to lose your favorite radio station they claim all the money will go to foreign owned companies. What does that mean? It means many of the record labels are no longer owned by Americans. They’re owned by those who live in Japan or England. So, AM radio has almost taken what some would consider the conservative approach. It’s them against us.
The AM ad implies if we pay all of this money to artists for playing their songs on the radio only the record companies owned by foreign interests would benefit.
Do you think one approach is better than another? The Insite would like to hear your opinion!
Note: At last check HR 848 calls for the record companies to walk away with at least 50% of the royalties that would go to the artists if their songs are played on the radio!