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AFTRA Supports Fair Compensation for Recording Artists

Recording legend Martha Reeves
joins with more than 100 AFTRA members and other artists
to establish performance right on radio

WASHINGTON (June 14, 2007) -- In an effort to provide fair compensation for sound recording artists, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists today joined with a coalition of artists and music industry organizations to support federal legislation to establish a performance right for artists when their music is broadcast on AM and FM radio.
"AFTRA members are committed to fairness in radio. The recognition in American law that the performance of music on AM and FM radio has value--and that artists' contributions to that value must be acknowledged and compensated--is long overdue," said AFTRA National Executive Director Kim Roberts Hedgpeth. 
AFTRA Detroit Local board member and legendary recording artist Martha Reeves joins more than 100 AFTRA members and other recording artists as "founding artists" of the musicFirst coalition.  
"AFTRA members were a leading force in successfully establishing the performance right for artists on satellite, cable, and Internet radio. We now want to work with Congress and the public to extend the performance right to all forms of radio," said Reeves. 
Elected to the Detroit City Council in 2005, Reeves was lead singer of Martha and the Vandellas and has recorded a string of hits, including "Come and Get These Memories," "Heat Wave," "Nowhere to Run," "My Baby Loves Me,", "Love Makes Me Do Foolish Things," "I'm Ready For Love," "Jimmy Mack," and the Motown anthem "Dancing In The Street."  
The performance right supported by AFTRA and the musicFirst coalition would ensure that singers, musicians, and other performers receive fees under the law when their music is played on AM and FM radio. Publishers and authors of sound recordings already have rights under US law for similar fees from the performance of their music in terrestrial radio. The performance right in terrestrial radio is recognized for artists in most developed countries, including Canada, Great Britain, France, Spain, Mexico, South Korea, Germany, and Australia among others. 
About AFTRA:
The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, AFL-CIO, are the people who entertain and inform America. More than 70,000 professional performers, broadcasters, and recording artists are moving forward together through AFTRA to protect and improve our jobs, lives, and communities. AFTRA members embrace change in society--from new culture to new technology--and incorporate change in our work and craft. AFTRA celebrates and thrives on the diversity of our members and the work we do. AFTRA opens a whole new world of opportunities for success for professional performers, broadcasters, and recording artists. In 32 Locals across the country, AFTRA members work as actors, journalists, dancers, recording artists and singers, announcers, hosts, comedians, disc jockeys, and other performers across the media industries including television, radio, cable, sound recordings, music videos, commercials, audio books, non-broadcast industrials, interactive games, the Internet, and other digital media. Visit AFTRA at