Earlier today, the Music First Coalition brought together 40 musicians and a number of speakers in support of the Fair Play, Fair Pay Act which is working its way through congress.
H.R. 1733, which was introduced in congress last April, looks to ensure that artists get paid for the performance of their work across all platforms, including AM/FM radio where, through an agreement decades ago, now pays no royalties to performers for using their recordings.
The Music First Coalition, headed by Ted Kalo, was the sponsor for the day along with the Content Creators Coalition and the American Music Association. A press conference, hosted by Kalo, included short talks by Congresspeople Jerry Nadler (D-NY), who introduced the bill to congress, Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), John Conyers (D-MI) and Darrell Issa (R-CA) along with Rosanne Cash, T-Bone Burnett, Duke Fakir, the only surviving member of the original Four Tops, Bones Malone and Nashville bassist Dave Pomeroy.
Our VVN Music Podcast from last June with Ted Kalo: