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The Performance Rights Act (H.R. 848, S. 379) is bipartisan legislation that seeks to correct the fact that the U.S. is the only developed country on the planet that does not recognize the right of performers to be compensated when their music is played on broadcast radio. Because more than half of the world’s music is American made, countries that recognize a performance right collect and keep hundreds of millions dollars from foreign airplay of U.S. recordings that rightfully belong to American performers.

The U.S. is a global leader in producing and exporting music, but American musicians and singers are hurt by the failure of our country to establish a performance right and by aligning the U.S. with countries like China, North Korea, Iran and Rwanda. The bill will close a loophole in the U.S. Copyright Act ensuring that broadcast radio compensates all artists for playing their music on AM and FM radio stations.

Performance Rights Act Archive

Pelosi, Durbin Back Fair Pay for Radio Airplay
The musicFIRST Coalition announced that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin have added their voices to the growing, bipartisan chorus of support in favor of the Performance Rights Act, which would ensure that artists, musicians and rights holders are paid when their music is played on radio stations. READ MORE...

The Senate Judiciary Approves Performance Rights Act 
Members of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) applaud the United States Senate Judiciary Committee’s approval of the Performance Rights Act (S. 379). A similar bill, H.R. 848, was approved in May by the House Judiciary Committee. READ MORE...

The House Judiciary Committee Approves Performance Rights Act
AFTRA President Roberta Reardon issued the following statement in response to the House Judiciary Committee's approval of the Performance Rights Act (H.R. 848). READ MORE...

DOC Sends Leahy Letter
Department of Commerce General Counsel Cameron Kerry wrote to Sen. Patrick Leahy on April 1 that the department has long supported "an exclusive right in the public performance of sound recordings" and supports the Performance Rights Act. READ THE LETTER...

AFL-CIO Joins the Fight to Pass the Performance Rights Act
On Dec. 1, AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka sent two letters to members of Congress – one to Senators, one to Representatives – asking them to support the Performance Rights Act. READ MORE ...

Detroit AFL-CIO Supports PRA, Conyers
Detroit AFL-CIO Supports PRA, ConyersIn November, the Metropolitan Detroit AFL-CIO passed a resolution at its Convention in support of the Performance Rights Act and in support of Chairman John Conyers, Jr. READ THE RESOLUTION...

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