Don’t Break The Artists: One Hundred Twenty Five Artists Sign Letter Opposing IRFA
125 artists signed this letter that was posted today. If the letter had addressed direct licensing instead of Pandora’s rates, every artist could have been sued by Clear Channel for violations of the Sherman Act under the so-called “Internet Radio Fairness Act.”
PS If you want to voice your opinion on IRFA, Senator Ron Wyden has a comment page on his Senate website click here and MusicFirst Coalition has a letter to Congress you can sign click here. Please consider taking action as we are all in this together.
A Musicians Perspective on Pandora
We are big fans of Pandora. That’s why we helped give the company a discount on rates for the past decade.
Pandora is now enjoying phenomenal success as a Wall Street company. Skyrocketing growth in revenues and users.We celebrate that. At the same time, the music community is just now beginning to gain its footing in this new digital world.
Pandora’s principal asset is music.
Why is the company asking Congress once again to step in and gut the royalties that thousands of musicians rely upon? That’s not fair and that’s not how partners work together.
Congress has many pressing issues to consider, but this is not one of them. Let’s work this out as partners and continue to bring fans the great musical experience they rightly expect.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Camper Van Beethoven
The 5th Dimension
Hootie and The Blowfish
The J. Geils Band
The Jazz Crusaders
John Paul Jones
Mick Jones (Foreigner)
Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill
The Pointer Sisters
Michael W. Smith
Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio
(The 4 Seasons)
Ann and Nancy Wilson
Zac Brown Band