Always happy to lend a helping hand! #IRespectMusic
I’m reaching out to you today because you’ve done something historic.
If you’re receiving this, it’s because at some point over the last year you decided to take action and speak up by signing the #IRespectMusic petition to Congress. Today, that action––your action––has helped make American history.
Moments ago, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) courageously introduced the Fair Play Fair Pay Act of 2015: a bi-partisan piece of legislation that would––for the first time––guarantee that American artists and musicians must be paid when their work is played on the radio.
As you know, the United States is the only democratic country in the world where artists don’t get paid for AM/FM radio airplay. The short list of countries that currently share this policy includes: Iran, North Korea, China, Vietnam, and Rwanda.
Now, after nearly a century, our nation’s position on this issue is about to change. Because of you.
Because we music makers and music lovers have taken action, together. Because we’ve spoken up, together. Because we’ve stood together, our leaders have listened. Congress is stepping forward and doing what’s right for our nation. They’re doing what’s right for music. They’re doing what we’ve asked for.
In decades past, powerful forces have stood in the way of progress for music makers. Today, we’ve proved that we have something those forces will never have. We have something worth fighting for.
Music is one of the things America still makes that the world still wants. The people who make that music should be paid for their work.
If you feel victorious today, it’s because you are.
If you feel as if you made history today, it’s because you did.
Yours in music,